This morning I woke up to a tweet from Ron Diver "Happy Living the Dream Day". It took me a minute and I thought to myself, "didn't I write a post about living the dream last year around this time?" So I opened up my website on my phone and searched "Living the Dream". Sure enough, a post came up that I wrote on this day one year ago. If you're reading this now, chances are you read that post last year. If not, you should. It's short and pretty fun to see what my thoughts were just one year ago. Click here to check it out. In a nutshell, one year ago I quit my job and decided to attack the photography/video market full time. Over the last year I've been hired to travel to places like San Francisco, San Jose, Mt Hood, Boulder, Steamboat and most recently Kansas City. I've worked with companies like Blackberry/RIM, Startup Weekend, Zipline Games, Liffft, AT&T, Zaarly, Allstate, Iconic Adventures, a handfull of artists and interesting people and my two newest and most prized clients, REI and Microsoft. In fact, I can't go in to detail but today marks my first day of a three month stint at Microsoft. The biggest job of my career. I'm headed to Seatac to pick up the producer of the Tech Stars "Founders" series for this project and I'm super excited.
So what does this all mean? I think it means a lot of different things but the big take away for me is if you want to do something, do it. Do it no matter what. I really wanted to be a full time director/photographer and I'm doing it now. It's so cliche but there truly is no better time than now. It's much more simple than you think. It won't happen overnight. Keep in mind all great success comes with a risk of massive failure. Get comfortable with failing. Failing is good. You learn what not to do next time.
Living the dream is so overused and it's not easy. Living the dream doesn't mean everyday you wake up happy. It doesn't mean you love every job you take on. To me, it just means I'm doing what I love mixed with what pays the bills and trying to find a balance. At the end of the day, I'm happy and I have a lot of fun.
So what's next? What do I do this next year? Well, I have no clue. I do know I'm going to keep telling stories and learning. I'm going to keep reflecting and perfecting my craft. Stories are everywhere, but it's trying to find the right ones to tell. I wish you much success and luck this next year and if there's any advice I can give you it would be, "be ok with failing". That's usually what prevents us from living.
@rondiver - Thank you.