Doing the work I do is not always easy. Not everyone is ready to trudge through the psychological dungeons, business labyrinths, relationship conundrums and financial fears to make the leap from corporate to entrepreneur.
But when someone does, I cannot describe how elated it makes me feel.
My whole body gets tingly and I simultaneously want to squeal with excitement and cry.
Ivan is a former marketing/sales executive who decided to devote his work to a long-time passion: photography.
He spent months refining technical skills, taking pictures for his portfolio, connecting with others, examining business models and challenging his own "social self" thoughts about what was the "right" thing to do in order to respect his creative self and take care of his family at the same time.
He is at the very beginning of his business launch, but in many ways is miles away from his point of origin as a corporate employee.
It reminds me of my favorite set of quotes, the first from W.H. Murray:
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and
creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills
countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely
commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events
issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of
unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man
could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for
one of Goethe’s couplets:
- Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
- Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!
The second is from Marianne Williamson:
"…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our
darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be
brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to
be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the
world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as
children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is
within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we
let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission
to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others."
Congratulations Ivan on your hard work, faith, perseverance and
willingness to trust your gut. We wish you much success in your
If you want to visit his blog and leave any comments/suggestions for his site, I know he would really appreciate it.