We had some interesting discussions last night during the Lighting Mastermind with Hark.
I made some revealing confessions which made him feel good. And talked about my flaws and short comings. But how, in the end, the only metric that really matters and should matter is how happy mny clients are and if I am making money.
Hark also commented:
“I’m in agreement with you regarding posing and being not too structured or rigid as I find families tend to by images that won’t win any awards but they’re happy to see a connection with siblings or an expression that shows them exactly who that kid really is so I don’t always try to stress about the perfect pose. The thing is with awards they never guarantee long term results. For some it does not end well.”
Have you ever noticed there are countless stories of winners who, after winning, are rarely or never heard from again.
I think the reason is we let our guard down and our egos inflate. We somehow think we’ve ‘made it.’
We see this in sailing and mountain climbing. Most accidents happen when descending the mountain or when the the boat is heading to port almost home.
We let our guard down. Thinking we’ve “made it.” Again, dangerous thinking.
The worst case example is those awful you tube videos showing competitors who ‘celebrate’ too soon.
Like the dude who, mere yards away from the finish line, throws his hands up. And his bike wipes out. Crashing to the ground as the guy behind him passes him and claims victory.
I saw this on our city years ago. I knew exactly what was happening when local hair salon was pitching for a major business award. She had expanded and everything looked amazing…..on paper.
She won. And within a year her hair salon closed for good.
I don’t know where she went. But I’m sure she brought her award with her.
I have a different opinion. I’d rather be top rated than award winning. Top rated means my clients’ opinion.
Don’t celebrate too soon. The only time you should throw your arms up in victory is when your clients not only places a nice big fat order, but she says amazing things about you and your studio.
And repeats that story to her friends and family and on your facebook reviews page.
Winning awards is alright. They do help. But you need to stay focused as well.
They are not the only pinnacle of success. Nice to have a feather in your cap and certificates adorning your walls.