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Office of Fleet Management
City of Philadelphia
Rick has a magical approach that provides a clear and
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level of greater success.
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!
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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
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Dottie Burman, President
Burtley Productions, Inc.
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
Rick is one of the best inspirational speakers on
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Andres Lara, President
Inspiration Times Magazine
How to Use Adversities to Propel Yourself
by Rick Saldan
I do not quite remember who said this but one of the most familiar
quotes which I found nearly everywhere I went when I was getting
into college was ‘when the going is tough, the tough gets going'.
Impossible, as it seemed to me then, the saying was in picture
frames, was hung behind doors in toilets, was visible as coasters
on office tables, on T shirts and even on glasses which they
served soda pop in. As life rolled by and I grew up, got a job and
life was slowly unfolding, Microsoft happened and the world found
Bill Gates. It was then that I chanced upon another quote, thought
up by one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time: “If you think
your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have
tenure.” By this time I had the sense to understand what ‘tough
times' actually mean and what it meant when they said that the
tough must get going. I was employed, you see!
Today, after many years of doing the corporate grind and
witnessing enough number of ‘tough times' as well as happy rolling
times, I am wiser if not tougher. I realize that tough times are
just another passing phase, without which we would never realize
what good times are! All it needs is to develop that inner
resilience so that no ‘tough time' can dare to remain with us for
too long. Tough times can be of both external and internal origin:
War, economic depression, fuel crisis, global warming,
deterioration of social law or order are some of the many tough
times the modern society has to bear. Job loss, death of spouse or
a close friend, illness, surmounting debt, unfavorable personal or
professional life, etc are some of the ‘tough times' of internal
origin which can throw our lives completely out of gear. As this
analysis shows, there are some adverse situations which happen in
our lives which are beyond our control, except perhaps to minimize
consumption and take care of our self and families to the best of
our abilities. But when depression, insomnia, irritability, loss
of self-confidence, and such ills affect us because we have fallen
victims of those tough times where we were mere victims of
circumstances, then the responsibility lies squarely on our
shoulders to come out of it with head held high.
The greatness of human mind is such that we are capable of
training our mind to take any action that we truly desire to take.
For instance, to stay motivated during tough times, you could
possibly take any of the three actions:
Accept it and try to improve the situation as much as you can. For
example, change of job, change of city, change of partner,
improving on your health, etc.
By pass the ‘toughness' of the situation and concentrate on more
positive aspects of life. For instance, if changing job, partner,
city etc is not possible with your current situation, remember
this is not the end of the world. Life throws up amazing
opportunities which enable us to glide over any difficult
situation with fortitude, grace and intelligent living strategies.
Swim along with the times. Especially when the tough times are
caused by people or forces which are not within your direct line
of control. Believe in the saying that every cloud has a silver
lining. As someone said, “You will look back on the times you
laughed and you will cry. You will look back on the times you
cried, and you will laugh.” Nothing can be truer than this.
If you have the will to take tough times in your stride, you could
come out of it with flying colors. It could take some effort on
your part though. For instance, when tough times are around, you
would often meet people who are perennial doomsayers. Ignore such
company and meet positive and optimistic people. The company of
children has a tremendous therapeutic effect during such times.
These innocent souls can actually make you forget many hurting and
negative things which happen to our lives. You would also meet
many people who are victims of such times, who crib, quarrel and
generally spread a lot of bad blood around. As you ignore them,
simultaneously start to list out activities or people who make you
feel good. Take extra initiatives to do those activities and meet
such confident and enthusiastic people. If possible, remain
surrounded by them, till you have come out of the phase valiantly.
While coping with tough times, the important thing to do is to
believe in your inner strengths and your core competencies and
take this time to build them even stronger.
When I first heard someone say that all good things come to an
end, I felt horribly sad. But today I know that even all bad
things come to an end. And that nudges me to move on.
Hire Rick Saldan's Motivational Magic to Energize Your Conference or Special Event!
Rick says, "With perseverance, drive,
and vision, you can achieve what once seemed impossible. I
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Rick's ideas, messages, strategies, and first-hand stories
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Rick is a unique
speaker and seminar leader
that combines comedy, theatrical illusions and extensive
audience interaction with inspirational presentations. He
creates a powerful