things I wished I would have been told

03.11.2008

I’ve been thinking lately about the things I wish I would have been told before starting my company. In hindsight these things would have been good to know.

  • Respect yourself and your time
  • Learn from others mistakes
  • Never trust a banker
  • Keep things in perspective
  • Listen carefully
  • You have no competition
  • Patience, it’s only a matter of time
  • No one cares about you, they only care about what you’re going to give them
  • Give them a reason to care about you
  • You don’t need to be an expert, just perceived as one
  • You don’t need to justify your art to anyone!
  • Write down all of your thoughts, everything!
  • Fear the known
  • Dare to be different
  • Doubting yourself is natural, just don’t let it control you
  • If it scares you, it’s probably a good idea
  • If an offer sounds to good to be true…
  • Build credibility in everything you do
  • Always look for opportunities
  • State your fee, then shut your mouth; don’t justify anything
  • Confidence is key
  • The question isn’t if you’re going to make it, it’s when you’re going to make it
  • Some people are just jerks. Stay away from the naysayers
  • Take frequent time off to pursue other interests
  • You will work harder than you have ever worked in your life

What things do you wish you would have been told?
Feel free to add to the list… As always I love hearing from my readers.

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9 Responses to “things I wished I would have been told”

  1. R. Kneschke Says:

    Thanks for telling me in advance… 🙂

    One thing I had to learn: Getting up early is one key to success (one of the hardest for me…)

  2. Jenny Arnez Says:

    Ed,
    Thank you so much for this post. Your blog has been so encouraging to me as I venture out in a new direction.

    Thank you!


  3. Never spend more time with the clients that nag you than you do with the clients that respect what you give them.

    Don’t let the Bastards win.

    Don’t forget to invoice.

    Remember that your love for the work is what got you started.

    -Dan Finney


  4. Never trust a banker? I didn’t know about that one. Sounds like there’s a story to tell.


  5. * Never stop learning
    * Always try to be helpful even if it just means asking someone else for help
    * Give back (through donations of time or money) to the organizations that helped you get started (schools, universities, companies, individuals, etc)

  6. Daphne Chan Says:

    “Don’t be afraid to say no.”

    If I had followed this advice, I would have avoided some unfortunate clients/situations.

  7. Ed McCulloch Says:

    IWD- Nice points
    Justin- Oh, there’s always a story behind everything
    Chris- Giving back is wonderful
    Daphne- You’re right no’s are good

  8. Oscar Says:

    I would like to add my thoughts to your list. Here’s my shot:

    Never discuss major business plan with more than two people.

    Always read the significant things about your industry.

    Be a businessman first, then be an artist.

    When watching a movie, always remember the mistakes the characters did.

    Monitor Madonna’s career moves. Can be applicable in your business/industry.

    Read Tom Peters and Seth Godin articles.

    Tiger Woods and Madonna can teach you better than Harvard business professors.

    If you cannot be free, be a legend.

    Money can buy you love, only if you knew where to shop.

    What Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Annie Liebovitz have in common? The more they talk less about their art, and the more people buy their art.

    Live photography. Make photography your life.

    Live like you would die tomorrow. Dream as if you would live forever. – James Dean

  9. chad holder Says:

    that your spouse is going to have to be independent because a photographer spends tons of time on the road, has weird hours and is usually obsessed with work.


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