A Professional Magician’s Guide to Living an Aligned Life

Dec 23, 2020
Psychological strength and life design


Perception is reality. Truly.   

Our expectations about how the world works and what “should” happen next provide a powerful lens through which we see the world. 

Perhaps no one knows this better than today’s guest. Today we’re speaking with Steve Haffner, a professional magician. Steve intimately understands the power of our subconscious expectations, and he exploits them to create magical experiences for his audiences. 

His is entertaining, but it also provides a powerful lesson in self-awareness and self-discovery to help us live our lives to the fullest.  

Steve had a successful 30-year career in information systems as a Vice-President of Performance Measurement Systems for a healthcare information corporation. Seemingly on a whim, he walked into his boss’s office and quit to become a professional magician.  

What seemed like an abrupt decision was actually a realignment of Steve’s life to his authentic values. A reinvention that brought him into alignment with who he truly was and the contribution he wanted to make in the world.  

During this interview, we talk about: 

  • The fact that our own perception, regardless of whether it is accurate or not, is our reality.  
  • The impact of mental biases and short-cuts on shaping the lens through which we see the world. 
  • The critical role that our personal values play in shaping the direction of our daily decision-making (big and small) 
  • And, how to use your values to “confront the lizard” and make more intentional decisions.  

This interview is entertaining AND informative. I know you’re going to love meeting Steve Haffner. 

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