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Paul Draper's Mysteries of the Mind Newsletter

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."
-Seneca 65 B.C.E.

Welcome to April's "Mysteries of the Mind" monthly newsletter!

"There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part,
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start.
- Shel Silverstein

I was having a discussion with my uncle about life and he pointed out that he has found that for him, beginnings are happy and endings are sad.

I took this idea and rolled it around in my head for a while, thinking about theatrical structure, leadership, and life. Some have said that a tragedy is a story where the character's end in a predestined way due to their own inability to change. They end poorly, no matter how good of a beginning or middle they experience. In many of the Tragedies of Shakespeare, everyone we care about dies in the end. A Drama has a sad conclusion when the primary character ends with revenge, fails at their mission, dies, or gives in.

But a happy ending is often a door closing that opens a window. A happy ending is a beginning. We end with a marriage, with a birth, a new job, a new opportunity, or simply the phrase "and they lived happily ever after". Magically transforming an ending into new beginning that is filled with possibilities. In modern movie culture these new beginnings are often inserted to create the desire for a sequel.

I have often been told by peer to dress like I am "going somewhere better later". In essence, dress as if there is a new beginning about to happen. In my corporate workshops I teach that a leader should always have a vision for the future of how things will be. And that vision is most powerful when we are included in that better tomorrow. A vision of a new and brighter beginning. Every day is a new opportunity, and spring in particular gives us all of the messages of a fresh start and a new life springing from the cold death of winter.

This is our time to change our future, avoid the tragedy and find happiness in the optimism of a new beginning. Start today. The best place to start is where you are, with what you have.

Let me know if I can help facilitate fun at your trade shows, parties, or brighten your meetings this year, lets create days your guests will remember for years to come.

Your friend,
-Paul Draper


Read more about Paul:
Paul Draper Mentalism (pdf)
Transformational Leadership with Paul Draper (pdf)


"There is no real ending. It's just the place where you stop the story."
-Frank Herbert (Author of Dune)

Upcoming Events

"Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living."
-Bob Marley

Inclusion Center Banquet
Salt Lake City, Utah
March 31st

Red Rock Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 2nd

Sam's Town Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 3rd

Dahua Trade Show
April 6th - 8th

Utah Bar Association
Salt Lake City, Utah
April 22nd

Sandy Elementary Fundraiser
Sandy, Utah
April 22nd

Utah Hillel Passover
Salt Lake City, Utah
April 23rd

Chamber of Commerce
Hermiston, OR
April 26th

Private Event
Butte, Montana
April 28th - 29th

Corporate Event
Fairmont, Montana
April 30th

Las Vegas Magic Auction
Las Vegas, Nevada
May 6th

48hr Film Fest
Salt Lake City, Utah
June 3rd - 5th

Private Corporate Event
Big Sky, Montana
June 20th

Camino Real Playhouse
San Juan Capistrano, California
June 25th

Anime Expo
Los Angeles, California
July 3rd - 4th

Werrett Family Reunion
Salt Lake City, Utah
July 15th

Culver City, California
Aug 4th - 7th

Magic Live
Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug 14 - 17

Winchester Theater
Las Vegas, Nevada
August 20th

Hypno thoughts Live
Las Vegas, Nevada
August 26 - 28

Lakeville Public Safety Fundraiser
Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 9th

Eagle Magic
Burnsville, Minnesota
September 11th

To find out more about my corporate lectures and workshops download this .pdf
Transformational Leadership with Paul Draper

Or PaulDraperManagement@Gmail.com

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