Nobody knows exactly what's going to happen tomorrow. We can only predict and make our best judgement based on what we've seen in the past. Some people do this well. Others fail miserably. The people who do this well, have to be open to change and understand tomorrow may be completely different than yesterday. What's happened in the past, could simply be history. Over the last few years, I've had the amazing opportunity to work with some very smart people. One of them being Walter Hodges, who said "the minute you think you know what you're doing, your totally f@$ked. " Walter's 30 years older than me but still thinks like he's 22. He knows that times are always changing and you can't stick to the same routine if you want to continue to excel. We have no clue what we're doing sometimes and that's absolutely OK. That's how you learn. That's how you grow. That's how you become better.
Another amazing person I've had the chance to work with is T.A. McCann. T.A. was in need of a video to help share his views with the world. His right hand man Shane Mac contacted me via twitter one day and we set up a meeting. The first meeting with these guys was intimidating. It took place in the GIST offices in Pioneer Square. The smell of passion and progression overwhelmed me when I walked through those doors. Here I am sitting down with a dude who just sold his business to RIM (Blackberry) and he's looking to me for the answers. I'm showing him my portfolio (2 videos at the time) on my iPhone but he doesn't seem to judge. He seems to like what he sees but more so he seems to have some sort of unsaid belief that I can pull this off. I don't even know if I can, but his confidence made me feel a hell of a lot better about it.
It took about a month to figure out exactly what the script was going to be. Shane Mac and I worked very hard on figuring out what needed to be said and how it would be delivered. When we figured out as much as we could, we set up the interview. That interview was probably the most influential day of my life. It was T.A., Shane, Chris (my 2nd camera guy) and myself sitting in a room talking about the future business, success and just life. T.A. said some amazing stuff. The thing that took me back most was his lack of fear. "If you're not willing to massively fail, you'll never massively succeed". It was one after the next. It lasted around three hours but felt like an entire day.
After that interview I felt different. I felt like I needed to make a change. I wasn't doing all that I could do to be where I wanted to be. I had been holding on to my day job not because I was afraid of failing at my business, but because I was afraid of the success. As long as I worked at the restaurant, my production business was a "side hustle" or "hobby". Well, T.A. sparked something that day and inspired me to move away from my day job and towards the unknown. Sure there we're a ton of things like taxes, marketing, hiring, books, what to charge, and who to work with that I had no clue about but those we're all overcome by the opportunity to do something great. Quit being scared of all the reasons why you won't make it and just try.
I hope this video inspires you as much as it inspires me. Thanks to T.A. McCann, Shane Mac, Jen Pitts and Chris Wojcik for making this possible.
Do what you love and you'll love what you do.