being inspired

You Gotta Jump - If You Want To Be Successful

 

In the words of Steve Harvey, “if you want to be successful, you have to jump”.  A very good friend of mine shared a video clip with me a few months back. This video clip is of Steve Harvey standing in a parking garage talking about the dangers of not taking a leap of faith and not going after what you want in life. It’s a very raw, very minimal video about 2 minutes in length but it really resonated with me on a level I cannot even begin to describe to you in words. I have watched this clip about 30 times since the first viewing and I love it more and more every time I watch it.

The concept is so simple yet it’s not something that is simple to do and let’s be honest, not a lot of people actually follow through and do what he is speaking about in that clip. The follow through is much harder than the idea but as my Dad used to tell me when I was growing up, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”.  I often wonder if my Dad would feel that way once I tell him that I am going to be doing just that! I guess I will find out soon enough as the time draws near.

Nothing will change my mind or my way of thinking about it because I do believe we have to do what we have to do!  Forge our own paths in this life. Sometimes you just have to say “FUCK IT”!  I have grown tired of dreaming and whishing my weeks away just to get to that glorious 2 day reprieve from the preceding 5 day personal hell.

The time for change is NOW! Albeit scary as anything but if I don’t do this now, then when? When is the right or perfect time? I have learned there is never one. So as the saying goes, it’s now or never or as my wife says to me “shit or get off the pot” See you on the other side folks!

Paying It Forward - Being Inspired and Inspiring Others

Paying it forward or to respond to a person’s kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else. Possibly one of life’s simplest concepts when you really think about it, it makes you feel so good and really doesn’t require much effort.

I am a big believer in giving back to others when someone gives to you. When someone helps you out or does something nice for you, why not try to do something nice for someone else? This is something that I try to live by in all aspects of my life, be it personal or business/career.

The reason for this feel good post is because someone “paid it forward” to me the other day and it feels amazing. So amazing, I feel inclined to share this with all of you here.

I had a conversation the other day with a fellow photographer who is accomplished in her own right. We were speaking about photography in general, about my work and her work. She took some time and browsed through a bunch of my images and came back to me and was really impressed with my work. She asked if the urban/landscape/architecture genre is one that I am passionate about. I responded promptly and enthusiastically “YES”. My friend proceeded to tell me she can see the passion in my images, that it’s quite evident and clearly comes through when looking at them. It was such an incredibly respectful thing to say and to get that kind of praise from such an accomplished photographer was amazing. I personally cannot think of a better compliment to give another photographer, to me that is the highest form of flattery and appreciation for another person’s work.

We continued to discuss our passion and love for our craft, she offered me advice, opinions and guidance with regards to my photography. This friend is a full time photographer and she shared with me that even if she wasn’t getting a dime for it, she would still be doing it because of her passion, dedication and love for the art of photography. Now that in itself is something phenomenal that not many people can say they about their careers. When you have that kind of passion and love for something you do it’s a rare commodity in this life so when and if you find something you are so passionate about, pay it forward by sharing your knowledge and love for it with other like minded people.

After our conversation I felt this overwhelming sense of passion, excitement, inspiration and encouragement, I felt on top of the world! I was compelled to get my thoughts and elation down onto the proverbial paper that is my computer. I can only hope these said emotions come across in my post and most importantly I have an opportunity to pay it forward and inspire someone else the way I was inspired!

Image courtesy of carlyalyssathome.com