I’m currently reenergising by visiting my in-laws in Malaysia and Thailand before the wedding season really kicks in. It has given me time to reflect on why some people succeed and others don’t.
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
Do you remember when you were a child and no dream seemed too big? Maybe you wanted to be an astronaut or a movie star. I wanted to be a pop star. Well, I’ve been told a few times that I look like Elton John!
When we were young we dared to dream. The world hadn’t beaten us up yet.
Negative thoughts, bad influences, myriad distractions and a pathetic lack of action all ensured we never even bothered trying to follow our dreams.
People tell us that we can’t do the things we want. It’s impossible. Responsible people don’t pursue their dreams. Settle down, get a job, be dependable. Live the mundane and be content with what you have.
Eventually we started to let our dreams die.
When I hit 30 I decided it may be too late for pop stardom, but I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice. I was going to pursue a career that I loved and I wasn’t going to quit until I damned well succeeded.
I started to dream again. I imagined what it would be like working for myself so I could take time off whenever I felt like it. I imagined what it would feel like to create beautiful photographs that would make people cry with joy. No more commuting to work. No more boring meetings or evil bosses. I would be in control of my destiny. All I needed to do was educate myself on the business of photography.
So that’s exactly what I did. It wasn’t easy. I had to study marketing, pricing, sales, branding and of course, photography. Bad things happened along the way. Angry clients, corrupt memory cards, failed promotions and depressingly low sales. But I rolled with the punches and kept right on going. I kept learning and trying new ideas with an open mind.
You owe it to yourself and your family to do the same. For example…
Avoiding regret. I won’t be sat there in my old age wondering why I never gave my heart and soul towards pursuing my dreams. I can die knowing I was brave and determined enough to give it my best shot.
Personal and family fulfillment. One of the things that happens when you stop pursuing our dreams is that a little piece of you dies and you become disheartened. You can even become less pleasant to be around. It’s easy to spiral into a vortex of negativity that continually feeds itself. I, on the other hand, am generally a chipper little bunny because I’ve taken control of my life and built it in the way that I want.
Leaving a legacy. How will your children remember you? Someone who embraced life and opportunity; someone who leads the family with a zest and positivity? Children need to see that we dream; that we search for something better. They in turn will do the same!
The great thing about Get Pro Photo Club is that you don’t have to figure everything out on your own. We tell you what to do and how to do it. Not only that, if you get stuck we’re there to fix the problem for you.
Do you feel having someone guide you towards your dream is worth a few pence per day? I’d hope so, or you need another dream.
Check out our membership free of charge for a month. If you don’t think it’s worth it then you can email us to cancel and you won’t pay a penny. Fair enough?
I look forward to bringing you sweet dreams, like a helpful Freddie Kreuger…!