Let's set the stage just a little...Michele Celentano has been involved in a lot of different projects with me over the last ten years and when launching SCU, there was no way I wasn't going to ask her to be part of this. As I've said a few dozen times, she's proof that hyper-active kids grow up and get jobs! She's got a never-ending passion for the craft, teaching and helping as many people as possible raise the bar on their quality and focus, not just with their camera but with their life.
Well, she invited Sheila and I to a book signing party here in Phoenix, which was last night and we were ecstatic to say "yes" when we figured out how to get away with so much going on in our lives. The party was actually hosted by Terri and Craig, close friends from the community and that leads right up to my first new definition of success.
There's that old line about friends who would "give you the shirt of their back"...well, these were friends who would go far beyond that. A lot of them would donate a kidney if Michele needed it. In ten years she's built up a relationship with her community. We heard story after story last night about things Michele had done that often created the launch pad for what would later become an amazing friendship.
And it wasn't just about photography...at least half the crowd last night was from the fitness world. It's Michele's favorite past time, staying in shape. Here's another definition of success, finding a way to blend other passions in your life with your career. In fact, the truest definition might be you're a success when you can put in just as much passion to your personal interests as your business. It's about finding balance.
Michele moved to Phoenix ten years ago and it was obvious last night that she's followed Scott Bourne's favorite piece of advice, "Own your own zip code!" Only when Scott talks about it, it's from the business perspective not about everyone's heart in the community.
This post is going full circle and right back to all of Michele's family, friends, clients and associates. There's nothing any of them wouldn't do for Michele. Last night wasn't just a tribute to a great photographer and her first book, but a tribute to passion, friendship and family and for Shiela and I, we couldn't be more proud to have been included!