The closing act of our Annual Dawson Alumni Retreat dinner saw us entertained by the magic, musings, and heartfelt messages of Mr. Andy Hickman. This was the second time Andy has performed for our alumni (the last time being 10 years ago at our 25th Alumni Reunion) so we felt it was time to bring him back to share his timeless message with a new group of Dawson Academy students.
The name for his act was “The Magic of the Future is You”, and he accomplished his objectives through poignant stories and mind blowing magic tricks (we're still wondering about how he managed that 'dream house' trick). The title of his act alludes to Andy's belief that our personal futures are shaped by two elements; the choices we make, and the commitments we honor. He was quick to point out that everyone in attendance had made a wise choice to further their knowledge by attending The Dawson Academy, but it was just as important to honor that commitment by becoming ‘heroes’ to others in our lives with these new skills that have been learned.In addition, we also received a new acronym for our personal growth…DIMTY, which stands for ‘Do I Matter To You?’. The message is to focus on other people in our lives, and by doing so, we can make ourselves stand out.
At the end of the night of laughs and tears, Andy left us with a closing thought to ponder about how we can become a hero in our daily lives. Addressing all of his new found friends he remarked, “We can live our lives by being a hero for each other. As you pursue excellence you don’t have to make a choice between being an excellent dentist AND being an excellent husband, wife, grandparent, etc. The truth is, YOU can be both!”
All we have to do is make our choices, and honor our commitments. After all, that magic is in each of us, we just need to spend more time performing it.
To learn the secrets about creating your future, we suggest Andy’s book: ‘Stuff That Really Matters’. This eye-opening book is written in an easy-to-read style that will not only entertain, but also educate, challenge, and inspire you.
Learn the ‘magic tricks’ of:
Experiencing more successful relationships
Valuable parenting skills
How to remember the names of your customers
How to create a personal mission statement
Discover what truly matters most to YOU and how to measure it
Establish clear priorities for your business and personal life
Learn how to deliver TRUE customer service