When I was a kid I was obsessed with cars, chemistry sets and climbing things.
You name it, I’d climb it.
When I was a teenager I was obsessed with music, beer, weed and girls…and regular run-ins with the law.
Then I entered my twenties and it was personal development, business and marketing.
And I was always shy to boot. A lot of people are surprised when they hear this about me.
I tell them it’s my dirty secret. I also tell them that the experiences I had in life, good and bad, are what made me. For better or worse.
That we need to get over the shame, blame and game playing and move on, build a life today. Not live in the past.
When I look back at my life I can see where creativity was working for me. Even if I were getting in trouble.
Creativity was never stifled or programmed out of me. Good thing.
Creativity, a dash of passion and dose of courage pushed me forward into running my own business.
I was always grateful I never turned too far down the wrong road in life. It could have happened.
I was horribly insecure and shy. But I had enough ambition and balls to stay the course.
Being in business is holistic. I look at the whole picture now. The mind, soul and spirit.
Balance is key. I understand that hard work is very important. But, doing the wrong type of work could throw me off course.
Doing too much, too much of the wrong work would really push me down a rabbit hole.
Truth is, I have an addictive personality. Who doesn’t?
And I need to keep an eye on myself, stay the course and push for balance.
But I do love business and marketing. And photography.
What a deadly combination. It’s one of the key reasons why I love hearing stories from other photographers. Whether they are stories of success , struggle or failure….they all teach us.
But we need to be open. And honest. And brave. Facing the shame, the inner dragon, is the biggest challenge of all. With the highest returns.
Robert N. Provencher – Your Master Coach Marketer
“If you want to be a profitable and successful photographer, then study profitable and successful photographers.”