A friend that I’d had for 40 years died recently, he was the guy who almost had everything, brilliant songwriter, he appeared on ‘the voice’ several times – Harry Healy was commissioned to play private parties in foreign countries more than once and rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the music industry – but he’s dead now. He was always happy and I think I know why – he got do what he wanted to for his whole life and most of us don’t get to do that because we think we have to stay in our secure job – but what’s secure about anything nowdays?
Another friend of mine is so disorganised that he couldn’t hit a bull’s arse with a fist full of rice at 5 paces, but he’s brilliant at what he does and although he is constantly telling me that one day he’s going to start his business I don’t believe him.
I used to play guitar with that first guy and he was world class, I was never in his league, he just has something special but as it worked out, so did I. It took me a while to figure out what it was but eventually I realise it was tenacity an determination.
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There’s always going to be people better than you at a certain thing but do they have that tenacity and determination. While other people I knew in the music industry were complaining about no work, I was out in the country every weekend making money from playing my guitar – I wasn’t as good as some of them but I was smarter – I was the one making money and it’s the same in business.
When I started this business I didn’t know how to anything but after a while I saw brilliant photographers at industry events and they were saying the same thing – only this time it was many years later and I thought, hang on – there’s a bit of a pattern here. Some of these photographers were complaining that digital had killed the industry and the ‘shoot and burn’ brigade was destroying their business – but my business grew to a turnover of more than a million dollars a year after that? What was going on. You can find an overview of most of the business techniques I used to create our seven figure income on our ‘Roadmap to Success’ document
History was repeating itself and again I realised that while they were complaining, I was doing and that’s what made the difference. I remember this well, those ‘icons’ of the industry were listening to a speaker who was a photographer who had done well in her business, they were hanging on every word she said, then they went and bought her books and when I saw them again, guess what – they were still complaining!