Is it love? Discipline? Business ethics? Generosity? Determination? Sincerity?
It’s none of the above.
The greatest virtue is courage.
If you don’t have courage you’ll never live out any of the other virtues.
You’ll hold yourself back, because fear rules you.
Courage sets you free. Courage allows you to step out of the confines that you’ve imposed upon yourself. It is the force that allows you to discover new exciting possibilities.
You don’t need certainty or clarity. You need courage first and foremost.
I’ve often stated that one needs a big huge set of brass balls. That’s one way of stating it. Means the same thing.
Without courage you won’t turn the door knob and walk into the room of possibilities.
Like I refused to do years and years ago when I showed up on a Sunday morning to my first ever photography association meeting.
I was petrified. And hungover.
I turned and walked away. Too scared.
Thankfully less than a year later I did walk in and my life was changed forever. It was like the lights got turned on and the sky light up with the voices of angels chanting above.
Wow….what an eye opener. Attending my first meeting starting changing me and eventually it was the first step in what became the big picture of success for me.
Good thing I walked in the room that time.
I attended so many workshops and seminars I can’t even begin to count. It was like being handed a cornucopia of wealth and skill enhancing knowledge.
Who knew? I certainly didn’t. Not until then.
I’ve known many photographers who refused to come out to local, provincial or state and national conventions. I was baffled by their BS and excuses.
It made sense however in one sense, since they were frustrated in creativity and finances.
I was still baffled when the answer was right there. Just turn the knob, open the door, walk in.
“How could you not come out and learn so much?” I reasoned within.
Many who did attend never really got far in their photography businesses regardless.
I paid attention, and asked myself: “Why?”
My answer: They were crappy students.
You need to be a good student, not just cherry picking the info you want to hear. One needs to place ones ego aside, push forward and be realistic.
And keep turning that door knob to further opportunities.
Yes, showing up is important. What you do afterwards is just as or more valuable. It’s called being a good student.
Having courage means showing up. Showing up on time and sitting in the front row.
It means asking the right questions. It means studying and putting into play what you learning and testing new ideas and new theories for you, for your photography business.
If you want to step into a place that is a virtual cornucopia of knowledge and ambitious photographers, then consider joining me and bunch of other like minded “students” in the art of photography, business and marketing.
I could not have done it without the help of others. But mostly it started with me, and my willingness to have courage to turn the door knob and step into the room.
Be courageous my friend. Open doors and walk in.
By the way, the replay for the Joel Grimes webinar is posted HERE
This guy gets it. Enjoy…..
Robert N. Provencher – Your Master Coach Marketer
“If you want to be a profitable and successful photographer, then study profitable and successful photographers.”