Today I’ve a video to share with you.
Those of you who join me over on Social Media like Google+ and Facebook would likely have seen this already BUT I’m going to urge you to stick with me and watch it again.
Allow me to explain…
You see ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by successful people however what I mean by that is not the size of the success but rather what it is about the person that made them become successful.
I’m not talking luck or anything like that, I’m talking about drive, determination, the guts to get up and keep going despite endless failed attempts and feeling like life is giving them a kicking!
Outside of Photoshop and Photography related books the only other books I read (well listen to) are autobiographies. Ive just started Michael Caine’s having had it recommended and before that (for the second time) Arnold Schwazenegger’s Total Recall – My Unbelievably True Life Story
Now here’s the thing…
Out of all the autobiographies I’ve listened to and all the successful people I’ve spoken with there’s one thing they ALL have in common…Success didn’t come easy!
Each and everyone of them went through hardships, times when things just didn’t go their way, knock back after knock back and times when they could have thrown the towel in put their head in their hands and said “Why me?” … BUT they didn’t!
Earlier this year when I was invited to teach at Photoshop World, Orlando Scott Kelby asked me to speak at the closing ceremony; a huge honour to be one of 5 instructors including Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Jack Reznicki and my other brother from another another mother Aaron Blaise.
Part of what I spoke about covered how we ALL have challenges in our life and how I remember once being told that if you were with a group of people and each one of you wrote down your ‘problems’ on a piece of paper and placed them in a bowl, closed your eyes and reached in to grab one out…you’d want you own back! It can be all to easy to look at someone perceived as successful and think it came easy to them but very rarely is that the case.
So here’s what I’m going to leave you with…a recent video shared online by my friend Aaron Blaise where he talks about being persistent despite constant knock back and tragedy; it’s a truly amazing and inspiring video that I know would have taken a lot of courage to record.
So sit back, watch and listen for the next 19 minutes and hear the message that EVERYONE goes through ups and downs but ‘The Sun WILL Come Up Again!”
Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.