As a past president of a publishing company, you'd think seeing a magazine published each month would be old hat for me.
The same things happens every month. My copy of Shutter Magazine shows up and I come into the house and scream, "Shutter's here!" Sheila laughs at me and then comes to take a look as soon as I let go of the issue.
This post isn't meant to be an infomercial as much as it is a lesson in how we all need to pursue our dreams. I put out a tweet about dreams just a little while ago.
"Doubt has killed more dreams than failure ever will!"
Well, Sal Cincotta had a dream - actually he's loaded with them! LOL He made us all a promise when he recorded "This is Shutter Magazine". That was over three years ago for the online addition. Pay attention to the picture he paints of his dream and his goal for what a great magazine should be.
Now think about what you'd say on a video about the dreams you have for your business. It's a great exercise. I was buried in catching up to some deadlines on projects yesterday. I stopped and took half an hour to day dream a little and think about how I'd explain my dream if I was recording a video to present to all of you. Just trust me. Watch the video and then take some time to think about your dreams.
Then, a little over a year ago Sal followed up with another dream chaser video, "Dare to Dream". The first issue of Shutter Magazine was literally hot off the press.
While most magazines were scaling down from print, Sal, recognizing that we're a touch and feel industry, chose to do just the opposite and deliver what's become one of the finest magazines in photography. It's only a minute long, but has the impact of a full feature film!
So, here's my point for today's post. We all have dreams and so often doubt takes over. We listen to the naysayers in our lives more than we listen to what's in our hearts. We quietly put our dreams in a shoe box and kick it under the bed!
Since 2009 I've opened every program I've taught with the same slide. The author is unknown, but it's a great reminder of the power we each have to pursue our dreams and succeed.
I do it because I can.
I can because I want to.
I want to because you said I couldn't.
Listen to the advice everyone has to share with you about what you should be doing with your life, then do whatever your heart tells you. True success isn't about anything material, but about the smile on your face when you wake up every morning!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.