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Rick Saldan is an excellent inspirational speaker who tailored the seminar to the needs of the individual students being instructed. This office thanks the Mayors Office of Information Services for having such a vendor.


Timothy K. Lynch

Office of Fleet Management

City of Philadelphia



Rick has a magical approach that provides a clear and concise message specifically designed to the needs of his audience. Rick will provide all the motivational magic you will ever need, propelling your organization to the next level of greater success.


Thomas Mulhern

Frontier Communications



Rick Saldan is a compelling and absorbing motivational speaker and magician.  I have been to five of his Motivational Magic presentations and it is amazing how he keeps our college audiences on the edge of their seats. A highly entertaining performer with great comedy flair. Rich content to increase students' productivity, peak performance and motivation. If you need an outstanding motivational speaker for colleges, Rick is definitely one of the world's greatest speakers and magicians!

Dr. Rob Gilbert, Sport Psychologist,

Montclair State University



Rick Saldan has the wit, wisdom and sorcery of a wizard. He has a dynamic personality, and all will enjoy his captivating stories, comedy and magic!

Dennis Slaughter
Credit Suisse First Boston



Rick Saldan delivers a first-class show! A pro in every sense of the word. Funny, unique, entertaining and polished.

Brian Letscher, Actor

Hawaii Five-O, NCIS, Cold Case, Law & Order and The Mentalist.



Rick Saldan is a wonderful combination of master magician, comic improviser and first class speaker. The audience loved his program, which was music to our ears. If you love celebrity motivational speakers such as Tom Hopkins, Dale Carnegie and Zig Ziglar, then you'll love Rick!

Dottie Burman, President
Burtley Productions, Inc.


Rick Saldan is an incredibly talented performer and motivational speaker with great insight. He shares many powerful motivational messages that will enhance your life for the better!

Jack Murray, President
Dream Illusions


Rick is one of the best inspirational speakers on the scene today. Funny, fun loving and highly energetic. If you want to make your next event into an extraordinary one, then invite professional speaker  Rick Saldan and his amazing  Motivational Magic.


Andres Lara, President

Inspiration Times Magazine











Hanging Tough During Tough Times

by Rick Saldan

While I was starting to share some of thoughts with you on the topic of how to take tough times in your stride I suddenly remembered a cartoon I saw long time ago. It was that of David and Goliath where, David sees Goliath tinier than him though the picture of Goliath is hundred times magnified, as printed on the cartoon book. The caption just under the cartoon read very simple. It said: It's all in the perspective! The cartoon not only set me thinking but it threw open some very closed doors in my mind. Whenever I passed through any tough time, or had any negative experience I did feel let down, or rejected or even demeaned. But as I thought more and went deeper into every emotion that passed through me and the details of what led to the situation which I considered 'tough' it brought be back to the same platform where I started. I started to view things differently and people with more compassion and forgiveness and soon I did not feel so bad after all.

Every situation which we come across in life has several ways to be looked at and judged. The problem is usually we are stuck with only one point of view. We cease to be rational any more simply because we consider ourselves defeated, demeaned or a failure. A tough time results in our losing mental composure as well as loss of self confidence and esteem. In short, we have created the cloud ourselves and have decided to get blinded by our own judgment and analysis. Stop for a moment and re-think. Walk through the situations which have led to the 'tough' time or run through the people who have made your life miserable, be it your boss, spouse or whatever. Be as pragmatic and unbiased as you can when you are looking within for answers. Let your thoughts flow in this manner:

• How did it all begin?

• Who are the main people responsible for creating this tough situation in my life?

• What are their stakes in creating such an adverse situation?

• Was I in any way responsible in stepping on their toes at any time?

• Was I also vindictive in my action towards them, ever?

• Can I put myself in their shoes and view the situation the way they are doing?

If you can do this self analysis pragmatically and taking yourself out of the 'tough' situation, you would be surprised how many truths, many unpleasant perhaps, would emerge. I have always believed that if I know the problem or the root of the problem, then I also have the solution.

Tough times are nothing new to us. All of us go through it many times over in our lives. Many such tough times happen as part of the societal growth or adverse situations which are beyond our control. Examples could be loss of job due to downsizing, lack of money due to inflation, debts or ill health in the family, loss of a dear one, and so on. Such situations are explained in a number of Asian philosophies – the Chinese Yin Yang comes to my mind first. Yin Yang is the ultimate truth about duality of life – when there is day, there ought to night, grief and happiness, bad times and good times and so on. The whole universe is a moving circle of the good and the bad all built in as one whole – when you have bad times, there is bound to be good times too. Incredible but true, we remember sad times more than the good times but also have the capacity to instantly forget the tough times when the sun rises again. We are blessed with this supreme power of tiding over turbulent times and we move on. Not because we can but we have to.

Thus the take home message of how to tide over tough times could be summarized as follows:

• Take the tough time and the good time both in your stride.

• Remember nothing is permanent in life, not even the tough times that you are going through.

• The world also has beautiful people, splendid environment and many talents within you which, if tapped properly can make ride over these issues with grace and fortitude.

• It is wise not to come to any judgment about people who you believe are behind giving you this tough time. If looking from their perspective does not help heal your mind – move on and soon they would become history.






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"Rick's presentation is thoroughly inspiring, entertaining and wonderful!"

Elizabeth O'Keeffe
Random House Publishing





"Rick Saldan has the wit, wisdom and sorcery of a wizard. He has a dynamic personality, and all will enjoy his captivating stories, comedy and magic!"

Dennis Slaughter
Credit Suisse First Boston



"Rick has given of his time, energy and talents to all kinds; from the needy elderly to convicts, from terminally ill patients to runaways. He has strengthened and edified the lives of many."

Captain Ross Schwalm,

United States Marine Corps


  "The oohs and ahhs could be heard for miles as magician and motivational speaker Rick Saldan taught students at the Clarence B. Lamb School how to be possibility thinkers."

Dana Forde
The New Egypt Press


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