Friday, May 15, 2009
If Today Was Your Last Day...
As I cruised down the road today, in my early morning commute, a song came on the radio which colored my thinking for the day. It colors my thoughts now, even as I write this blog entry.
The song is by a group named, "Nickelback"
and is titled, "If today was your last day"
You might find it here at this link on Youtube, but no guarantees because the record label seems to be chasing it down for removal. But you could always "Google" the lyrics.
Click here or copy and paste the link below to hear the song.
As the title implies, it's about taking stock of what you are doing in your life now and what you would be doing if you knew the end was near...like TODAY!
How often do we just wake up into our daily ruts and go mindlessly along the tracks we create in our lives? As if, like the innocent children seen here in today's photo, we imagine life will just automatically be better tomorrow.
But will there be a tomorrow? If so, how many more?
I hope one of the reasons you are here, reading this now, is because you want to become better. Better at producing high quality photos. Better at Photoshop skills. Better at workflow speed. Which will hopefully lead you to better compliments, better customers and better cashflow.
But often times we get caught up in the learning mode (to which I plead exceedingly guilty!) and forget that what we need to do, is DO!
Most importantly, if we are not where we want to be, what SHOULD we be DOING that will bring us closer to our goals?
So today's Photoshop tip is to be sure you DO, not just read through!
Try each tip. Experiment with the sliders, the dials, the deep, deep menu options.
Click on the links at the right of this page if you haven't already. Click on them again and DO something if you just were looking last time. Each posted link is a resource I have personally used to increase my photography skills and increase my income. Each has been tested, proven and receives my highest recommendation as something I feel will be helpful to you too.
When you have done that, get those photos out of your computer and out into the world!
Enter contests, (my contest ends next week so submit your photos!) show your portfolio to prospects, submit your photos to forums for review, or at the very least, get them printed, matted, framed and up on your walls!
Promise yourself you WILL do SOMETHING different today!
Because, God forbid, what IF today was your last day?
Today, I rearranged my schedule and instead spent the day with my Dad, out in the sun helping him rebuild his porch steps. Priceless.