It never ceases to amaze me the lessons I learn over and over again.
So many times I have been in the times of change in my life and don’t realize it until it is well on its way and somewhere in the middle of the process that it dawns on me and a voice goes off in my head and says, “Hey this is my new world!”
The funny thing is that you don’t realize it is happening when it starts. For this current change (which I am in the middle of right now), it started with a lunch with a new friend. As we were telling each other about ourselves, he asked me if I had ever conducted a workshop. Another friend had suggested I look into it a few months before. I told him it had been a thought, but I was usually so busy, I couldn’t imagine having time to do it.
However, I was intrigued by the thought. I had written the book (No One Talks About Lighting the Elephant in the Room: The Business of Grip and Lighting) so I thought I might be able to leverage that information into a workshop. So, as I continued and explored the subject with my new friend (now partner) it became clear that there was more than enough material for a workshop.
I kept thinking how I would balance this with my schedule. Maybe we could just do workshops on weekends, or stay local. I thought as long as it doesn’t get in the way of my core businesses, I would make it work.
What I didn’t know was that the great boulder of change had started down the hill.
As the materials started to come together, a strange (yet completely natural) thing began to happen. When I mentioned my plans to someone, they would quite often have a piece of information I needed or a great idea I could use. My partner had a lot of connections in the training field, and seemingly at will, ideas and suggestions would come in that propelled us ahead!
Another longtime friend had called me during this period and said we should grab lunch sometime. I said sure, but not really knowing if it would happen. He called a few days later and said, “Let’s meet Wednesday for lunch”. Because it was his second mention, I made sure I was available.
I hadn’t sat down with this friend for five years. As is the custom, we went right into ‘how’s business?’ He told me about the changes in his business model, I gave my thoughts; we talked about 45 minutes and the subject changed to what I was up to. So I told him about the workshops.
He listened to me intently. He didn’t say a word, I wondered if I was explaining it correctly, or if he understood my vision. Suddenly, he interrupted and exclaimed, “THAT’S AN AWESOME IDEA!! I DO WEBCASTING; WE COULD STREAM IT!!” He was so excited about the project, he exploded with ideas.
Since that meeting, many more great things have happened! We will now have a studio to work from, to stream, do tutorials and workshops!
I have also met with other people on the subject of equipment partnering. I will now have the ability to offer a more versatile packages to my current and future clients.
At the same time, my business has slowed down to allow me the time to put all of these opportunities together (not a situation I would normally be happy with, but it is what I need right now!) I now see, this is the path I need to travel.
I am glad I understand that when you let go of something, it allows you to grab something new. So what I have learned and what I’d like you to take away from this – don’t be afraid of change, it is the only thing you can count on to be constant!
EMBRACE THE FUTURE!!