Living Life as a photographer, doing what we love, money follows

Doing what we love, Part 2

Looking Glass Falls IllusionI know this is a photography blog. But, at times I feel that I need to share what I consider primary things, also. No man, as they say, is an island. I wish for every person to be happy and alive in their lives. I’m sorry that is not what I see. There are ways to pull ourselves up and out. No one will do it for us. But first, we must know who we are, what we have going for us and trust that. We are not junk. We are unique and worthy.

OK a few comments. The image at the left didn’t just happen. It’s been almost 30 years since my first image was published – in 1987 to be exact. And three months before this was published I did the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation testing. I had graduated college, worked at a corporate home office and developed a Real Estate business; but, that testing changed my life, my professional life, and my personal life.

When in college, expenses were paid by selling  door to door with Cutco Cutlery. Some very influential mentors guided my activities and later helped my development in commercial Real Estate. Along the way, I learned to listen to problems and develop solutions. Rewards came once producing results, and so it is with Photography.

Part 2 Do What You Love.

But first find out what that is. Doing something one enjoys makes working a pleasure. Almost anyone can put on a happy face when everything is going well; however, business goes in cycles. Living through downturns can be hell if it’s not what one enjoys.

About the money?

It funny that one’s attitude reflects their love for their work. Being genuinely pleasant around others can have a positive effect on someone wanting to do business with you. A grump seldom is fun to be around. Personal life is usually similarly affected. Being unhappy with a lot of money doesn’t trump being happy with less money. Today opportunities abound in small fields that one finds happiness in. Today’s culture does not provide security in large companies. Being able to be mobile is the key. Options abound once we know where our strengths lie. My work, read “play,” is just as exciting today at 77 years as it was 30 years ago. Retirement can leave a trail of retirees searching for things to do to be “happy.”

Do I recommend Photography to others as a career move? It depends upon the person’s innate makeup. In photography, the image taking is only about 30%, marketing is 70% or more. The aptitude testing costs $670 at most of the facilities over two days, $750 in NYCity. I consider that very inexpensive for something that can unlock the key to one’s life activity where thousands will be spent growing and developing.

Without testing, photography can be as much of a crap shoot as anything else. Being fulfilled and happy in what one is suited for will spill over to other activities.

 

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