You will do well to cultivate the resources in yourself that bring you happiness outside of success or failure.
The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.
At that time, we turn around and say, yes, this is obviously where I was going all along.
It's a good idea to enjoy the scenery on the detours, because you'll probably take a few.
During the three day event, Beverly and Tim Walden shared some outstanding ideas about how they've built their business. They couldn't have been more honest in sharing the challenges in building their business along with so many creative tools they've discovered along the way. They set the standard for being passionate about imaging and as successful as they both are individually and as a couple, they never stop learning and changing up their game. They're not marketing but building relationships with each client. They listen to their subjects; analyze what's being said and then passionately fulfill the artistic needs they've identified.
Bev and Tim's presentation style is a volley back and forth between technology, creativity, reality, humility and always the love for the craft. They practice what they preach and have built a remarkable reputation for quality, excellence and jaw-dropping images.
I called Tim over the weekend to ask him what he'd say to people who think they're an "overnight success". I loved his response:
People only see us on the back side - they don't see that it was a long, long time to build our business.. Making decisions can be quick, but the execution takes time. No decision is ever dead on - you have to steer in the water you're in. You have to stay passionate, diligent and alert.
Success isn't overnight, but it does appear when you least expect it. However, if you're out looking for it all the time, you'll never hear the bell ring when it shows up at your door.
They never compromise on the quality of any image, but more to the point of this morning's post, they never compromise on the quality of their relationships with their subjects. They understand the trust each client has in their ability as artists. They do everything they can to make sure they meet the mindset of everybody who's in front of their cameras!