This week’s Monday Motivation is different. We focus here on how to improve, how to be inspired, and looking at great works. Today’s topic is about leaving the work that has to be done for others and finding the inpsiration and discipline to work for yourself in a way that benefits your future clients. Watch the Ted Talk and then let’s talk about it below.
Busy = Good, I think as Americans we are familiar with this equation. To work, to have a job, to provide for yourself you should be industrious and busy and never take a moment off lest somebody comes and takes your place in the worker line. As a creative professional I feel the need to always have a full schedule, to say yes to more projects that I can handle and then figure out the details later. My job as a photographer and a story teller is quite precious to me and I want no one to take it away from me. This idea then of time off, of a sabbatical, even in micro sections is counter to my mode of thought and frightening in the implications.
As you might notice, today is Wednesday and this post is 10 days late from our internal schedule. I had family visiting and the Christmas holidays were upon us. I took time off for the first time since early August. It feels good and awkward. Today we begin our preparations for 2016 and we are excited for the stories we will be able to bring you. I don’t think I would be excited without a mental refresh.
I leave you with questions:
How do you include personal projects into your workflow? Have you ever taken extended time off? What would you do if did?
To Josh, life is one big adventure. He founded AzulOx Visuals in 2009, AzulOx Commercial Photography in 2014 and has been exploring the world and new photographic techniques ever since. Josh loves to use his photographs to tell stories, and he excels in designing creative story-boarded shoots. Josh is passionate about photography and the creative development of his students. He uses a variety of teaching techniques to help his students realize their photographic vision.
Josh is a husband and father to 2 young boys- who are junior models and photographers in training.