It's Sunday morning and at 6:30 a.m. I was wide awake and much to Sheila's dismay, bounded out of bed like I do every morning. Unfortunately, I woke her up in the process, but it's Sunday, and like kids in nursery school when we were little, at 2:00 pm we'll take a nap. There are concepts from childhood that get reinstated when you get older! LOL
Just before I got out of bed, I was thinking about so many photographers I've talked to lately who are frustrated with their "jobs." While they have some good streaks of happiness, overall things aren't going the way they planned. They're not happy and are becoming unfocused.
I don't have the answers, but there are a few things I've learned on my business journey to date.
Here's my point this morning.
I spent a lot of years in what so many of you thought was the perfect job! While there were some aspects I loved, I was living vicariously through all of you with the entrepreneurial spirit. Starting my business in 2009 was the scariest thing I've ever done. It was the right decision, but just like you keeping pace with technology, my "job" keeps changing and morphing into so many different and exciting directions.
Take a look at your career path. You've chosen to be an artist. Creativity is vital in virtually every aspect of your "job." If things are getting in the way and not allowing those creative juices to flow, the smile on your face when you started is eventually going to disappear and along with it the passion you have for the craft.
So, If lately the spirit just doesn't seem to move you - take some time off, whether it's an hour or a few days. Think about what it was that brought you into this business in the first place. Spend some time answering the question, "If I could do anything in business what would it be?"
This is just a single post on a lazy Sunday morning, and I can't cover everything that's helped me build a life I love, but my points above might help you think through the ingredients you need to smile more.
Wishing everybody a terrific Sunday and as usual, a day filled with peace, love and time with some of the people most important to you. Go for those eleven-second therapeutic hugs and remember to give yourself a big pat on the back. Another year is coming to a close, and even if you have a little fine-tuning to do in your business, you've chosen a pretty fantastic industry to be part of.
"You can't create images that tug at people's heartstrings, if your own heart isn't in it!"
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