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July 2014

Building a Magic Future in Mali with buildOn

Stefan Wissenbach

Mali is the 5th poorest country in the world, according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index, and has a 31.1 percent literacy rate – among the lowest of any nation worldwide. With buildOn, the Magic Future Foundation has built two primary schools with adult education programs in two of the most rural regions of Mali. Think of the impact literacy and education can make. Words are the pathways we use to extend beyond our physical locations and engage with the larger world. When you…

The Best Ways To Set Goals For Surefire Success

Stefan Wissenbach

At Magic Future, we’re always refining our methodology according to what our users say works for them. So far, we’ve made two very important discoveries about setting and achieving goals: 1. Setting up to 3 goals gives you the best chance of actually achieving them. If you set more goals all at once, you’ll lose focus, feel overwhelmed, and have a statistically lower chance of achieving what you want. 2. Goals have a 77 percent higher chance of success when they are shared.…

The Power of an Idea, Pursued with Passion, with the Right People

Stefan Wissenbach

Setting, and sharing, a goal can positively and powerfully affect not just you, not just those around you, but generations of people you may never meet. What often happens when pursuing a goal is the snowball effect. When you introduce your goal to the right people, the goal often gathers speed and substance, evolving into a goal so grand you never could have imagined it. This is how the Magic Future Foundation came to build four schools, two in the poorest towns of Mali,…

Warm Water Syndrome

Stefan Wissenbach

How do you boil a frog? Let’s leave for a moment the follow-up question of why you would want to boil a frog. The point is, if you drop a frog into boiling hot water, it will jump out. It doesn’t like it, so it runs away and moves on with its little froggy life. But, if you put that frog in a pot of cold water and slowly heat it, the water grows warm, the frog grows sleepy, and eventually the water…

Freedom for Thought

Stefan Wissenbach

Once a year, an entire country gathers together to celebrate a concept: Freedom. In the U.S., the Fourth of July holiday means a three-day weekend of family barbecues and fireworks, during which Americans appreciate the freedom they have, those who fought to preserve it, and the ideals they hold dear. But, consider this:   37% of Americans say they’ll never be able to retire and will work until they drop, according to a Wells Fargo survey. Americans get fewer paid vacation days than workers…

The Dream Achiever Competition

Dream Achiever

The Magic Future Foundation

The Magic Future Foundation