I once heard the difference between a thousand dollar magician and a two hundred dollar magician is one shines his shoes.
I think about this one all the time, this is deceptively simple. As if shining your shoes will make you that much more money. So I have to look at my own shoes...
My shirt is a bit frayed around the collar, nothing anyone would not to bad yet, I need to pay attention to it though, these shirts are custom made, so a bit more delicate than a store bought shirt. My juggling clubs are a bit scratched and could be wiped down. Not too bad. My cases look good, my tables are new.
Then I look a bit deeper. How do I enter a room? Are my shoes polished in the way I meet my client? Did I show up early? Did I set up my show before I entered, so I don't waste my client's time?
Once again, the question; am I being lazy? That's the big question. So, I have to ponder the question...are my shoes shined?