"When I say the words "owner or renter" the first thing that probably comes to your mind is housing. But have you ever given thought to whether you are an owner or renter in life? You see many of us go through life making decisions as though we were renting. In what way? Think about it and ask yourself, do I think carefully about my decisions? Do I count the cost? Do I make goals and stick to them even though it might cause me pain? Now think of the renters mentality. Some who rent a home, may think of being there for a short while, maybe they will mow the grass, and vacuum, but do we do the extras? Plant gardens, replace the carpets, paint, do major repairs? No we wouldn't. Who would? For many it is a temporary arrangement. Do we take the same view to life? To our business? To our art? Think about the home owner. We might buy a fixer upper, but we will spend each and every weekend cleaning, painting removing trash and generally improving the quality of life in our new environment.
What are some ways we can take ownership in life and business? How about taking an entire day to just assess your life. Why not think about the positive attributes you have, and then the not so positive behaviors. How can you tap into the positive, reflect on the negative and use the negative as a tool to improve? I know it sounds so easy just saying words. But think about it, is it possible to use the negative aspects in your life as tools for growth? I think it is a lot like buying an old fixer upper. It may look like a dump on the outside, but inside it is filled with priceless heart of pine planks, beautiful real Tiffany lamps, and hand tooled staircases. Sometimes we just can't see the beauty underneath the many layers of dust and clutter.
Do you take care of your business or does your business take care of you? An owner will measure carefully the square footage in a room before installing new carpet. Do you carefully measure a business plan? How about plan for retirement? Do you plan a marketing strategy? Do you do it all? It has been my experience when I try to do it all, I fail miserably. Why not turn over some of the duties in your studio to other qualified individuals? Think of some of the positive things you could do if you were not locked into the office doing retouching, or editing? Might that marketing plan get done? You might actually get to go visit some of those vendors that send us business. How about a day to network with them? How about actually taking a day to practice new concepts in photography? An owner takes the time, no, an owner makes the time to Care for those duties that will bring pride and honor to their home. How about becoming an owner and not a renter in life. The only one who can evict you is you.