Everything makes sense when we put it onto perspective.
Every step of the way counts, as long as you’re in the parade.
The guy bringing water to the players will never play in the game. But he’s “in it”.
The third string player may get on the field and play, some day, or not, as he sits there, waiting for his opportunity.
Both are the envy of every fan out there since they have some of the best front row seats in the game.
My sister would tell her three kids, when they started whining…. “hey, we’re not driving you to chemo and I’m not in a wheel chair….”
Having a sense of gratitude takes on many, many faces. Just being grateful to have health and freedom is a great starting point.
In work, being able to work in your chosen field and feeling so grateful to be able to serve others with our talents and skills, even if at that time we’re shoveling manure, counts for a lot. (don’t confuse this with working for free and giving away your pearls).
In photography business, this matters at all stages of the game, young and old. When I was young, I was glad to be working in my field. Still am to this day.
Some old farts like me (I’m 59) start showing their age. For some reason they feel that they’ve “earned” the right to certain privileges.
Sorry. That’s not the way the game is played.
Remember, it’s a business. Always.
And we have to constantly take it as such in order to keep the momentum going.
Let me clarify.
If StarBucks started taking the attitude with their product and service that they didn’t need to deliver a certain level anymore because they have had so many years in the game, well, would coffee drinkers seriously care?
That’s for people who work in unions and where seniority counts.
In business, it doesn’t.
One thing I love about photography is the fact that we are always learning, changing, challenging the status quo.
Why? Because our clients love it. And demand it.
I know another photographer, successful and been around a long, long time who didn’t want to embrace digital. He figured they’d been around for so long that that counted for something.
Not. I explained why.
He got it. So he packed it in and retired. Not willing to make the changes.
Making changes, rolling with the punches and staying innovative is much easier when we have the right attitude.
The same one I had when I was so young, so long ago. Where I took on every job I could. Didn’t matter if I was shovelling manure. I was in the parade.
That mattered to me more than ANYTHING. And still does to this day.
Robert N. Provencher – Your Master Coach Marketer
“If you want to be a profitable and successful photographer, then study profitable and successful photographers.”