Not sure where this idea came from, likely the deep darker recesses of my brain. But I thought it cool idea to have a three way discussion on art, photography, and maybe even money.[Read more…]
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I’ll cover the how to, marketing, packaging, lighting and posing on our Ice Fairies The replay will be posted in the forum within 48hrs. LOGIN and access the REPLAY
Yours in success,
Can paranoia be healthy? What about fear?
Fear and paranoia can be destructive.
But a healthy fear can light the way to success. Knowing the difference is key.
Here’s a couple pointers from my little pea brain:
- Never take anything for granted. In other words, assume, in a healthy way, it will all go away.
- Assume things can go wrong. You know they will. What steps would you need to take in case they do?
- Business will go away. Especially if you rely on ONE market. In my studio I take this very serious. Losing one market, when you depend on it, is catastrophic. Losing one when you have several, is a bump in the road.
- Anticipate worst case scenarios, in a realistic way, and plan accordingly.
- Have a big picture vision and adjust the day-to-day details as you move towards your end goal.
- The journey is NEVER a straight line. It always zigs and zags.
- Stay big picture optimistic and detail pessimistic. This will carry you through. It’s always been my strategy.
You can take fear and paranoia too far. Or, not use it at all.
We’re basically lazy. We assume we’re entitled to things always being the way they are.
If you can be realistic, and stay cool, calm and objective, you’ll be able to plan well. Having a healthy paranoia is key.
Yours in success in photography
Bootstrapping. Innovating. Plunging into new markets.
I love sitting around the kitchen table and chatting about new ideas,
promotions, strategies and markets.
The temptation to getting off track is real….and one of the biggest mistakes is throwing money at an idea because we’re anxious, impatient.
I was chatting with a local photographer about this very idea. How I loved creating business this way. And, to be honest, one of my superpowers is the ability to determine how much to throw at an idea to see if it has life, without going overboard and over budget or becoming impatient and unrealistic in expectations.
I’m on fire.
These, as mentioned, are influences that I’ve observed over the years. And am now sharing my infinite wisdom with you, my eager and passionate friends in photography & business.[Read more…]
I like money. And you should too. There’s a lot of fear and negativity around money. Anyone in business needs to master their emotions and attitudes around money in order to get ahead. It’s important.
I used to not like it so much. Mainly because I felt like a useless, less than worm inside.
But that was me.
I lacked self worth, self-esteem, self-discipline and self- image.That sucks. And it showed in my bank account.
When I sobered up back in ’91, worked on myself, found a brand new sense of purpose and optimism, I learned some simple truth about money.
- is frozen energy. An idea
- has no conscious, no morals or ethics. It’s neutral
- we can do good things with money. Some do evil things. Solution: Don’t do evil
- is the number one score board to measure your business
- a reflection of where you’re at.
- is a tool
- I need to get over any negative feelings about money if I want to be successful in business
- WILL CREATE A NEW SET OF PROBLEMS
- IS OFTEN CREATED OUT OF MISERY AND HARDSHIP
- IS ABUNDANT
There’s more. Much more.
I’ve shared my thoughts, lessons, strategies and insights learned over the years in many seminars and in coaching classes.
Invariably, someone gets their panties in a knot and resents what I say.
Sometimes they resent me. Go figure. Odd thing that is, and oddly enough, I’ve seen this with mostly men. I had one guy leave my presentation because I was trying to convey the simple message. His loss.
One of the BEST books that found it’s way into my life back then was a quick easy read by Jerrold Mundis titled: “Earn what you deserve. How to Stop Underearning and Start Thriving.”
I can’t recommend this book enough. This book changed MY LIFE.
Some of the core truths that made me squirm, triggered my sense of self worth and really, really made me think was the list about under earners (which was me) were:
•ARE USUALLY IN DEBT•HAVE LITTLE SAVINGS, FEW ASSETS•OFTEN IN FINANCIAL CRISIS•FEEL STRESS, PAIN AND FEAR OVER MONEY•DO UNPAID WORK: VOLUNTEER, CHARITY or SHOWCASE WORK•HAVE A VAGUE IDEA OF WHAT THEIR EXPENSES ARE•BELIEVE MONEY WILL SOLVE ALL THEIR PROBLEMS
I believe we’re entrepreneurial by nature. And trade has been around since way, way back when. Possibly a million years or more, in some form or other.
IF YOU ARE PARALYZED BY FEAR OR GUILT MONEY WILL NOT MOVE TOWARDS YOU BUT AWAY FROM YOU…
“No one can rise to his or her greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he/she has plenty of money, for to unfold the soul and to de-velop talent he/she must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with.
A person develops in mind, soul, and body by making use of things, and society is so organized that people must have money in order to become the possessor of things.
Therefore, the basis of all advancement must be the science of getting rich.”
A few years ago I presented a webinar titled: “Wealth Attraction Goal Strategies For Photographers.”
It’s in the forum for members. If you haven’t watched it, I urge you to. It’s too valuable to pass up.