I've written before about considering myself one of the luckiest guys in the photographic industry. Why? Because I wake up every morning smiling. I love what I'm doing.
My "journey" hasn't always been smooth. I have moments of regret just like everybody else. But I wake up every morning eager to jump into the projects that make up my day. Nothing is easy and there are plenty of times when my network of great friends helps me through the challenges. I found a quote that fits those less than fun days:
"It's not a bad life, just a bad day!"
I so appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit so many of you have brought to your business and in turn the industry. There are a lot of us who love what we're doing - but there are just as many of you who are unhappy. You just haven't found that combination of life's activities to create an environment in which you can thrive.
I found this video on TEDTalks by Scott Dinsmore and loved his message. He died in 2015 in a freak accident while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with his wife Chelsea, but thanks to TEDTalks, his inspiration lives on.. Until just a few minutes ago I never knew Scott, but watch this video and listen to his message.
In the very beginning he shares three points we all need to follow - the first one hit me especially hard. You need to understand yourself and become a self-expert. "If you don't what you're looking for then you're never going to find it."
I know all of you have things to do and time is a precious commodity, but I wouldn't be sharing this video if I didn't find it helped me with my own perspective. Take the time to watch this video and then as I do at least once a week, wander over to the TED channel on YouTube. Just pick a topic of a interest in your life and enjoy the inspiration shared by each TED presentation!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Sunday and one filled with passion for the people and things you love to do! As always, give somebody you care about a long hug - at least eleven seconds. Trust me, they're therapeutic!
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