The Real Gift The Wizard Gave Dorothy and Her Friends

It’s hiding in plain sight. And it’s yours to use, too.

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Calling Out the Wizard

Dorothy and her friends go on accusing the Wizard of being a scam artist.

  • The Tin Man wants a heart.
  • The Lion wants courage.
  • And Dorothy just wants to go home.

”…but you’ve got them. You’ve had them all the time!”


They told themselves the wrong story.

We see this unfold as the Wizard gives each character a gift. It’s not a literal brain, heart, or courage itself. What he gave are symbols.

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What’s in your head?

We send our kids to school so they’ll learn how to live. At least that’s what we hope will happen.

The Wizard gives the Scarecrow a diploma. Why? It’s proof he’s smart.

Or is it?

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A heart for good deeds

You show people your heart by your actions.

Serve others and they’ll serve you.

The Wizard didn’t give the Tin Man a heart. He gave him a testimonial. Proof he has a heart.

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Be strong and courageous

If fear has gripped you so hard you think courage is a gift for the privileged few, you’ll always be afraid.

When you’re scared, your mind will feed you every worst case scenario imaginable. Doubt leads to more doubt. And soon, you’ll do everything you can to protect yourself from getting hurt.

That’s why the Wizard gave the Lion a medal. We prize symbols that show we’ve stood up to fear.

Write your new story now

Like the Scarecrow, you’re smarter than you think.

The key to change is awareness. When you know you can, you’ll find the resources to do it.

Sure, there’s a gap between you and what you want. But that’s not the problem.

Just imagine having a full measure of what you want right now — courage, heart, intelligence — and go after your goals with gusto.

Take a selfie of yourself with a symbol of your superpower. Wear a cape. Hold a trophy. Stand next to your diploma on the wall. Then post it on your smartphone or computer screen so you’ll see it every single day.

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