Fred Moore Learned to Make Himself Irreplaceable in His Job as a Magician

Fred Moore Learned to Make Himself Irreplaceable in His Job as a Magician


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My guest for Episode #104 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Fred Moore, who has been a professional speaker and entertainer for the past 25 years, including roles as a corporate magician, event emcee, and more. Fred has done over 6,000 performances and presentations in 30 countries.

In today's episode, Fred shares his “favorite mistake” story about putting himself in a position where he was “replaceable” at work. We'll hear about how he was fired from the beginning of a 9-month performing contract. What did Fred learn from this, for his own benefit and to help others learn from his experience?

We talk about that and other topics including:

  • Mistakes that happen as a stage performer?
  • Things that REALLY throw you off?
  • “How can I use my enemies and failure?”
  • Virtual engagements — Pivots, mistakes, lessons?
  • Certified Virtual Presenter?
  • How did you get into magic?
  • Fred's key lessons:
    • Be irreplaceable, not a commodity
    • Nobody cares more about you than you
    • Wallowing in misery isn't that productive
  • Haven’t failed if you learned something (videos)

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Fred Moore: "I was just a commodity. I could be replaceable. So that's when I learned I need to not be replaceable. That's the whole point."
"If you talk to anybody who's done anything or been successful, they've been failures more than they'd be successful. Successful people."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.