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I picked up two new tutoring students this week. Both of them are educated, successful, have resources and are ready to take in the information and expertise I have in photography, Photoshop, printing, computers and thinking creatively.
Why am I blogging about this? Because my pursuit of knowledge and my desire to provide others with knowledge has been the huge driving force in my life for ten years. Teaching at public and private schools was my first stop. In 2008 (when our great economy got pulled under by stupidity, greedy banks and flaccid politicians), I lost all of my teaching jobs and have had to be creative in pursuit of helping others.
That’s where tutoring comes in. It took some time to find a core group of like minded students with as strong a desire to learn as I have to impart information. I am humbled and grateful.
Keep on learning you all.
These days, one of the tasks I relish is when former students who are now in the workforce (as self-employed individuals), reach out to me for advice. They are finally experiencing what I mentioned in a class lecture. At the time they may not have listened well enough or perhaps it had little relevance for them at the time. But boy do it ring bells now!
One such story I wish to relate here: that of a former student and recent graduate of Brooks Institute who was lamenting how she was a “complete bust” (her words, not mine) on a self-assigned ski photography shoot. I wrote back to her with this note of support: (more or less)
“Even though you say the ski photographer gig was a complete bust, in fact it wasn’t. It’s not uncommon for folks new to being self-employed to focus only on a narrow range of how success is defined. You may not realize it yet but you learned a tremendous amount about yourself, your perceived value in the marketplace, how you interact with people and how they respond to your professional presentation.
This information is in your head, now it is up to you to retrieve it and use the information efficiently. I spent quite a lot of time training myself in this discipline and I can tell you the rewards are invaluable. But you must train to get to this state of mind.
It’s hard being self-employed, it even harder to make money being self-employed and the hardest of all is doing it for decades while supporting a family. Talk about tough.
Don’t get discouraged, success will come if you truly want it and are single-minded in succeeding, no matter what curve life throws and it will throw all kinds of junk at you.
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