If you follow me on social media you’ll have seen that yesterday I received a lovely email from a keyboard warrior who decided to email me with his thoughts on my business. My response evoked some pretty passionate responses (if you haven’t read it yet, read it here but be warned, it may invoke a strong response!)
But here’s the biggest thing I took away from his email.
The part where he told me he already has the stars in his hands.
An expression so lovely I wished it could be true. I genuinely hoped he DID have all of the stars in his hands, but it’s a lie.
You could have a life filled with all of the love, creativity, joy and happiness you ever desired and still you would DEFINITELY NOT have all of the stars in your hands, because if you did you would know the very reason for your existence is not to claim the stars as your own and hold on to them in clenched fists but to spread that starshine everywhere!
ALL OF IT
For me what I share are the lessons I’ve learned. It’s the life I lead, the marriage I have, the words on this post, the fact that yesterday we went out for breakfast to celebrate Rob’s birthday in a 5* luxury hotel and ate heart-shaped waffles for breakfast and had a magician perform at our table and how does THAT help anyone? Because I get to tell you TO GO FOR THE 5* BREAKFAST AND CELEBRATE THE MAGIC OF IT and uplevel your mindset every single day.
Because when I became a photographer I was shocked by the amount of SCARCITY there was in the industry, like someone was trying to take away its secrets and instead we all had to cling on to or brag about having the biggest lens / latest publication / piece of work we are so PROUD of like some beautiful smokescreen which preserves the mystery when EVERYBODY KNOWS
There is no mystery
You do not know or possess anything your very own clients cannot have
You do not have the stars, for it you did you would be living a pretty miserable existence
The point of our species is to continue to exist. In our search for meaning in a meaningless world our work represents connection, love, shared stories.
If you think you are ALREADY holding all of the stars??? Like your stories and growth are DONE, there is nothing new to learn / gain / experience / grow from???
You are dead, done, your business is over anyway which is why you’re writing pointless emails to somebody who proclaims pretty much on a daily basis that I WILL NEVER BE DONE.
I don’t share every day because I get PAID to share
I don’t write LONG POSTS because I think my clients will LOVE IT (though they do)
We write, we create, we share every day because we can’t NOT.
Without creativity, without sharing our stories, without gaining new ones, new experience knowledge growth-
YOUR BUSINESS WILL ULTIMATELY WITHER AND FADE AND SO WILL YOU
which is why you get so many people leaving their 9-5 or 7-11 mcjobs in search of something ‘more fulfilling’ or their soul’s calling-
It’s not because they want to become a POTTER or a painter or a coach or a photographer or a money mindset mentor or author or whatever-
It’s because we are all storytellers-
and (because this started with the money) the money comes when you tell your story in whatever form that comes out for you –
whether that’s the writing of a book or a coaching session or a painting or a book or a sculpture or a dance lesson or a blog post or a grand event or fitness course YOU CREATE, YOU SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW BECAUSE YOU CAN’T NOT
and if you feel like you are already DONE that your growth is DONE then your stories are DONE and then your work is DONE because what this is, no matter what form it takes, is all of us, trying to share what we know and pour ourselves into something that we hope for even the shortest amount of seconds can touch the fringes of somebody’s life-
To make a difference – and when you do that the money comes as a result-
and so when you have the grand arrogance to proclaim you are DONE, you ALREADY hold the stars?!
How on earth do you expect your work to be a LIVING BREATHING REPRESENTATION of what it means to be human, a human story that needs to be shared, something that promotes connection and tells your story?
Your stories need to be told every day
(The money comes when you)
Show up daily
Share your stories
Your stories are probably the most powerful thing on this earth that you can use to change your life, business, and even the whole face of HUMANITY, depending on how big you want to go! –
And you never think that you are DONE! There is always more we need to grow / do / learn / become / and AS YOU DO you get to shine, and shine every single day of your life,
And sometimes people won’t get it but sometimes they will and then they will think you’re a firework.
And ADMITTING that actually, you are not done and your very being is crying out for MORE stories, experience, information, learning, and growth?
Is what needs to be done first if you truly want to come close to anywhere NEAR what it means to even GLIMPSE the stars.