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Monday, September 21, 2020

    Never a Blind Eye

    John A. Wojtecki
    John A. Wojtecki
    Doctor John A. Wojtecki has 45 years of experience in Human Resources, Safety, and Training serving the toy, food, plastics, steel, and office furniture industries. John operates his own consulting business and is a Certified Facilitator in Real Colors. He is a volunteer with the Quad Cities Mediation Service. He posts monthly on his LinkedIn account.

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    I may have mentioned that I listen to podcasts that vary in nature. I listen to Tim Ferris, who specializes in interviewing productive and well-accomplished people. His questions explore the thought process behind the mental and physical approach to accomplishments.

    Duolingo has a Spanish podcast with interesting stories from countries where the native language is Spanish.

    I recently began listening to Doctor (oh no, another Doctor) Peter Attia, who is a Canadian-American physician (not a Ph.D.) of Egyptian descent. His focus is on longevity (living longer) and introducing the audience to some of the most creative and productive people on earth. I love the application of the interviewees on business and productivity.

    One of Tim Ferris’ most recent podcasts was with Richard Turner. Wikipedia lists this Richard Turner as a Card Mechanic. A what?

    Wikipedia states Turner’s card demonstrations have been featured on television programs that include That’s Incredible!, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, five appearances on Japanese programs, including World Geniuses, and on Great Britain’s The Paul Daniels Magic Show.

    He has conducted motivational lectures for international corporations and government agencies and created and performed a family entertainment program for school children across the nation, featuring a comedy routine co-starring his wife as schoolmarm “Miss Guided,” his assistant. In 2017, he fooled Penn and Teller with a card trick on their television program Fool Us.

    Turner was the subject of a feature-length documentary titled: “Dealt.” So, why John are you listening to and writing about Richard Turner?

    His skill is to be observed and appreciated. Why? Because Richard Turner is blind.

    Turner’s accomplishments are not limited to cards. Turner’s younger brother, David, had been taking karate lessons and invited Turner to accompany him. He began karate lessons and under the tutelage of Master John Murphy, the United States’ founder of Wado-Kai, a Japanese hard-style karate. Turner was good at it, and began training at Gene Fisher’s Gym, eventually earning a fifth-degree black belt in Wado-Kai karate.

    Turner also auditioned for a small non-profit San Diego Christian theater operated by television actor Steve Terrell, and Turner performed for six years with the Lamb’s Players. Terrell taught Turner how to look people in the eye so that they would not know of his visual impairment. He was later introduced to stuntman Bobby Yerkes, who taught him to swing on the trapeze, walk a tight rope, and take high falls.

    Turner has not allowed his blindness to limit his accomplishments. In Ferris’ interview with Turner, the “How” was addressed extensively. Turner was most up-front that the how is really a function of time and determination.

    He was (is) dedicated to becoming excellent at a skill and is willing to spend the time in perfecting the skill, action, and result.

    Individuals both in business and in life can learn from Richard Turner. Time and dedication require much from an individual. Success is never easy. Yet, success is achievable, as exemplified by Richard Turner. We can all learn about overcoming obstacles by understanding and appreciating Richard Turner.

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