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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.
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!
Credit Suisse First Boston
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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
Tom Hopkins, Dale Carnegie and Zig Ziglar, then you'll love Rick!
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!
Rick is one of the best inspirational speakers on
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Andres Lara, President
Inspiration Times Magazine
Taking Up the Challenge to Help Others
by Rick Saldan
Even if you put all the sense of benevolence and innate goodness
of character that you possess and put them into action, to ‘help'
someone, who you think is in distress or living in a dysfunctional
world, it is likely that you and your gesture would be turned
down. Any one who has tried to help others would know that it is
not a very easy task to ‘help' someone, even though he may
desperately need it. Yet some of the world's greatest souls have
made their mark in the world by simply ‘helping' others. Mother
Teresa is the first name that comes to mind when I think of the
concept of helping others. The woman, who spent her entire life
trying to spread the concept of ‘unconditional love' for fellow
humans, must have truly known what helping was like. To her, help
was love. According to Saint Augustine, Ancient Roman Christian
Theologian and one of the Latin Fathers of the Church, this is
what love looks like: “It has the hands to help others. It has the
feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery
and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like.”
The words ‘poor and needy' as I understand it, can not only refer
to the people who are deprived of bare necessities of life – food,
shelter and clothing. People who have all the material comforts of
the world, according to me, can also be termed as ‘poor and
needy'. They can be thus called as they are devoid of inner
strength, they suffer either from super ego state or complete lack
of self confidence, they are radar less and they lack peace of
mind. To me, these people are as much in need of help as any other
who are homeless and do not have the money even to buy a piece of
bread, leave alone peace of mind. But the question still remains,
how can the idea of helping others be a ‘challenge'? It can be
challenging because as a helper, you might have to face many
obstacles on the way, which could be due to any or all of these
• Seeking help is admitting that there is a malaise which needs to
be corrected. Not many are willing accept this.
• Taking help from a stranger/outsider means sharing personal
• Taking help could also entail change. Fear of change lurks
heavily in everyone's mind.
• The quality of help may be overwhelming.
• The helper may want some favor in return.
These are but only a few of the many hurdles which a helper has to
cross to bring effective help to others. It is also true that most
of the time we try to help people who perhaps do not need it the
way you want to help. Abraham Lincoln, while he was attempting to
bring about the emancipation of slaves in America had once
mentioned that “You can not help men permanently by doing for them
what they could do for themselves.” This short sentence perhaps
captures the entire essence of ‘helping others'.
The best form of help thus, is perhaps assisting the person to
improve or change his life and helping him with the tools and aids
to successfully make a turn around. Help him stand up again, give
him a stick to lean on and make him take small but definitive
steps to walk again. You would soon see that he starts to trot and
is gradually taking control of his life again. The mistake which
most helpers do is to get emotionally attached to the cause or the
person which can later become overbearing. The whole idea is to
practice ‘attachment with detachment' as Lord Buddha preaches when
you are lending a helping hand.
Yet I still consider that the opportunity to help others does not
come very easily. Sometimes, you have to search for such occasions
and if you are lucky you might just find some one or some cause
where you can make an effective contribution. The whole idea is to
help those who are doing poorly, to do well and to help those who
are doing well to do even better. And if you can do this
dispassionately, then you have achieved your life's mission. In
case you too have been thinking seriously about taking some
positive step towards achieving your personal mission of helping
others, start with the following:
• Take time off for about 10 minutes a day to concentrate on your
action steps to help some one in need. This help could be
emotional, financial, psychological, physical, spiritual, or any
other form that is relevant. Consider sitting down for 10 minutes
with someone who is lonely – this is also a kind of help.
• Make conscious efforts to invest time, money and effort in
helping someone. Incredible as it may sound, the good deeds get
returned to your life too.
• The need for help may come from hitherto unknown quarters. Some
one in the office who has hardly shared any problem with you might
need help. Your sensitivity and perceptibility can help you locate
such people in need of help. If you look carefully, people talk
through their eyes, when they need help.
If you take up this challenge with all sincerity and seriousness
in purpose for a stretch of 21 days, you would be surprised at the
change it brings to your life. Fresh avenues of opportunities open
up from nowhere, your mind becomes more compassionate and suddenly
the world becomes a better place to live in.
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
encourage you to strive toward
your vision for a new future -- one that
energizes your gifts, your passions and your untapped hidden potential!"
Rick's ideas, messages, strategies, and first-hand stories
of overcoming adversity against all the odds will inspire your
people. They become enthused, excited, and committed to take
massive action that impacts your bottom line. Your return on investment is powerful.
Rick is a unique
speaker and seminar leader
that combines comedy, theatrical illusions and extensive
audience interaction with inspirational presentations. He
creates a powerful