How playing strategy games has helped my business – Day Twenty Two
So yesterday I spoke about if you are passionate about something you should find a way to do that and because you are passionate about it so much you will be able to make money from it, if that’s what you want to do. I have three passions which I had to put into an order of attack, if you like, to look at how I would execute each one going forward. My passions are Photography, Business Development & Game Creation. This is the order I have also decided to ‘attack’ them in and I wanted to share a little bit of the why.
So like I have said in the past blog posts, photography has been a passion of mine since I was 12 years old. I loved the idea of film and capturing images. The problem I had at the time was not knowing where to go with it as a career and not having the money to spend on the gear. So I parked that for many years until one day I was talking to someone very close to me at the time who had just gone out and brought a camera. She was showing me the photos and how she was using the depth of field to create lovely photos. I instantly fell in love with the photos and the idea of going out and taking photos for myself. I looked up the camera she had and found it was around £600 so I waited a month and then brought my first DSLR camera. I really wanted to just have photography as a hobby, no world domination plans and ways to make money from it. I just wanted to enjoy the freedom of taking photos of things that interested me. So that’s how it went for a few years.
I then found myself getting very interested in game making. I have always been a little bit of a gamer and now I had found some software called Dark Basic which allowed me to create first person shooters. I was spending hours putting together ideas and playing around with the software and design. I even looked at how I could make my own textures for the game with photos I took on my camera. However being the perfectionist that I am, I just was not happy with the end result, as I wanted to sell my games to people, and the finished game I created was not one I would sell.
I then went back to photography after a year gap from the game making idea. I started to do weekly challenges and post them on 500px. As I grew in confidence I decided that I wanted to build a plan of action to make photography my thing, my dream job and my full time income. So I set about putting all this into action.
I have always played the long game with work. I have worked with leader boards and the ratings of sales and productivity, and rather then beating colleagues with a giant stick to get an instant result, I have always worked to take them on a journey which reflects where we are as a team of branch. Yes I may get there at a slower rate but my legacy has been that the results still come through in my absences and the work ethic is embedded through out the team.
Now going self employed, I am faced with the idea of having weeks when Im not making any money at first. Will the long game pay off? How long is the long game? I have always given good advice, so I am told, and many people have spoken to me about business ideas they have had and looking at different opportunities. I find ways to come up with creative ideas for driving their ideas forward and plus I look back at my ideas for businesses in the past and the extreme ways I was looking at making them work. This is when I suddenly had a light bulb moment, literally in the last few months, that actually I have a passion for Business Development. With no actual business to show for my business development, I decided that I needed to listen to my own advice and put into action everything that I have ever said about starting a business.
So what is my main passion? Photography. I am going to listen to my own advice and put that into my photography business. A total change in tactics which will see if my advice really was any good. In a strategy game you always have to think two, three, steps forward while also playing your current move. Where will you put your team of tanks, what city will be your base which has the quickest link to bring that speed to battle that is needed at a drop of a hat. I sound crazy, I know, but the important thing to take away is that you have to start today, something has to be put into action to allow the other great ideas to flourish. It does not have to be perfect, it just needs to be genuine. This blog is not perfect. I have just selected a new theme and it has moved all the posts everywhere but rather then spend time on that I am continuing to wright posts and then when I get that little bit of extra time, I will make everything look pretty.
That’s the plan of action, deliver a strong photography business which allows me to live my passion each day and I hope that along the way I will be able to help others live their passion and make a vision that makes them want to jump out of bed in the morning. Like and Share this with someone who you think would benefit from reading my photography journey. You can also find me on Twitter @PhotographyHub and Instagram @SnapCreativePhotos
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