One difference between people who succeed in the pursuit of their dreams and the ones who fail is how well they overcome obstacles.

Everybody in life is confronted with obstacles, no one is immune to it. It may not be apparent in everyone that you come in contact with but it exists. Sometimes the obstacles are small, sometimes they’re huge but the main fact is they can all be overcome.

In this sense, business is no different than life. When we are confronted with a big wall, mountain or endless sea we must find a way around, over or even through it. There’s always a way, although it may not seem like it at the time.

Example:
James Dyson had an idea to redesign and reinvent the vacuum. His idea of a bag-less vacuum was something that had never been done before. Not only was his bag-less idea revolutionary but so was the fact that he wanted to design a vacuum that wouldn’t loose suction.

James took his idea to Hoover an American company. They laughed, scoffed and told him that vacuum bags were a 500 million dollar a year business (1980’s). Determined he took his idea over seas. The Japanese snatched up a license and started producing vacuums for $2,000 each (again 1980’s).

Only half way up his mountain he took the revenues from those overseas vacuums to start his own company in the UK. After over 5,000 prototypes and five years his start up was ready. Shortly after the start up, James was sued by nun other than Hoover. In short they had taken his ideas from their meeting and tweaked them slightly, applying for their own patent. Hoover sued James claiming that he had stole their idea!!!

In the end, the Dyson vacuum is the number one selling brand in Europe, holds 20% market share over vacuums in the U.S. and 92% of Dyson owners would recommend the Dyson vacuum to a friend.

To top it off the Dyson vacuum has won 100’s of international design awards and has been displayed in the Metropolitan and MOMA in NY among others.

How’s that for overcoming obstacles!

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Why are you a photographer? Why do you want to be a photographer? What is it with photography that makes you not want to do anything else for a career?

I think these are extremely important questions to ask yourself. The people who love it, breathe it, and dream about it; the passionate ones are the ones who have the most success (They also keep things in perspective and stay well balanced).

This doesn’t happen with just photography, it happens in every industry, for example; Google, Jet Blue, Apple, Tiger Woods and the lady who sells tumbleweed (can you eat, breath and dream about tumbleweed?)

I dreamed of being a successful photographer since the first time I picked up a 35mm camera at the age of 16. It’s what I love, what I’m passionate about and what I will be doing for the rest of my life.

What about you?

“because it’s a hobby that pays”  Love it.

Check out Seth’s post.

Can you imagine how different the world would be if everyone pursued their passion in life?

Would your experiences from day to day change?

Would the cashier at your local grocery store give you attitude? What about your auto repairman, would he be running an honest company based on integrity and morals? And what about your accountant, are they doing it for the money or because they love working with numbers?

My personal favorite, what about teachers and college professors; imagine how different our education system would be if everyone who worked in it loved it and really wanted to help others learn (there are many many who do and what a great experience it is to learn from them).

When you run across people who really love what they do it’s extremely evident. They have enthusiasm and they’re full of life, they offer valuable opinions and help steer you down the right path. There’s a whole lot to be learned from people who pursue their passion in life.

Are you pursuing yours?

These people are, you should really read their stories; there are hundreds of them-

Well two weeks ago we launched our new portfolio and site. The response to put it mildly has been phenomenal. Subsequently I haven’t had any spare time on my hands. For now this will be my last post. This blog is full of my experiences over the last 8 months. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Teamwork -I can’t emphasize how important this is- If it wasn’t for the collaboration of my team I wouldn’t be where I am today. Build your team, keep them happy, treat them fairly and they will make sure you are well taken care of.
  • Creativity – Keep things fresh. Fuel your creative mind.
  • Choose your friends wisely -You will become who you hang out with. Choose your associates with care!
  • The whole package -Start building your package. If you already have one start adding to it.
  • Fear -Get over it now. Start building your dreams today. They can be realized.
  • Goals -You can’t fully succeed without them. If you’re going to be putting in the work you may as well reap all of the benefits.
  • Balance -If you don’t have it; find it immediately.

Thanks to everyone who’s helped me out over the last year. And a very special thanks to my wife for giving me a kick in the butt when I needed it the most.

If any of you have any questions or ever need any help, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of me.

So tell me this:
Are you following your dreams and pursing your passion in life?

For me the things I am able to do every day have a lot to do with my past experiences. Especially the jobs I have had. I know that something can always be learned in every circumstance, you just have to look for it. Sometimes you have to look really really hard!

I’ve made a list below of every job I have held in my 29 years and something I learned from them:

They are in order starting at age 14-

1. Local newspaper- Classic, sucked. I learned how to throw really well.

2. Golf Course- Best ever! Free golf and as much food as I wanted every day. I was growing and always starving. I learned how to golf really really well.

3. Pizza maker- Walked out on a busy Friday night. I learned that being abused by the boss is not ok.

4. Walmart- I learned how to organize a lot of shelves.

5. Veterinarian assistant- I learned how to stitch up animals after a spayed, neutering or ear cropping. Also learned how to put dead animals in the freezer
properly.

6. Sawmill- Lasted 3 days. I learned I don’t like the smell of exhaust from forklifts. I also learned how to pick sawdust out of my ears, nose and other areas at the end of the day.

7. Pharmaceutical wherehouse- learned how to work by myself without going crazy.

8. Computer assembly- Quit when they told us we couldn’t have music playing anymore. I learned how to speak some Spanish.

9. Carpet cleaner- Started a small carpet cleaning company. I learned how to surprise people by giving awesome customer service.

10. Pizza delivery- I learned how to find crazy addresses in the dark.

11. Alta ski area- Now we’re talking. Free skiing all winter. I learned how to carve some crazy lines in fresh deep powder.

12. Banker- I learned how to count a whole lot of money.

13. Operator for an insurance company- I learned how old people were getting screwed over by insurance salesmen.

14. Landscaper-  I learned that digging 200 holes for fence posts in a single day is a whole lot of work.

15. Waiter at a BBQ place- I learned how to work fast under pressure.

16. Substitute teacher- Taught 1st-12 grades.  I learned that teachers are way under appreciated.

17. Waiter at the Olive Garden- Again fast and under pressure. Also learned how to work it for phone numbers and tips.

18. Waiter at Macaroni Grill- I learned what not to do as a boss.

19. Waiter at Carrabas. I learned I really hated Italian by then.

20. Shoe salesman- I learned that some people really don’t take care of their feet.

21. Waited tables in Alaska- I learned that tourists are really annoying. Especially just off a cruise ship.

22. Assistant marketer in a university athletic department- I learned how to offer help and value before asking for anything in return.

23. Back to Alaska waiting tables at Sullivan’s Steakhouse. I learned all about wine and how to sell it (We had over 1200 different bottles).

24. Assistant cross country and track coach- I learned how to take orders from a head coach who had never ran a day in his life. It was really difficult.

25. Professional photographer- Quite a jump there. I’ve learned that nothing is more important than pursuing your passion in life. Whatever that may be.

That is a lot of jobs.

So tell me this:
What have you learned from all of the jobs that you have ever had?

So it’s been a while.  The last month has been a bit crazy.  I had to make a big last month push on a ten-month project.  I don’t recommend 60 hour weeks.

I’ve had the opportunity to talk with a lot of successful professionals over the last year.  I’ve taken it upon myself to educate myself on why and how people become successful.  Here’s my take on it-

There are happy successful people and unhappy successful people.
Happy successful people do the following in no particular order.

Happy successful people:

  • Follow their passion in life
  • Become a student of their industry, always looking for better ways
  • Help people by donating their time, money and resources
  • Respect themselves
  • Respect their family
  • Live a well rounded life
  • Spend time with happy successful people

For the unhappy successful list just reverse the above.

My advice; make a decision on what type of successful person you will be before you become successful.  It’s always easier to make the proper decision when you come to a fork in the road if it has already been planned out and decided on before you get there.

So tell me this:
What type of people do associate with?

Oh yea, I’ll get to the cheer leading topic later-