Today gave birth to a vision I had two years ago.
As we launch Vizual Living today, I'm reflecting on the twists and turns, the mountains we've climbed and the forks in the road that led us here.
It was just over two years ago when I met one of my creative heroes Jeremy Cowart. I met him for the first time at the Catalyst Conference in Newport Beach in April of 2012. Jeremy is a huge inspiration and someone I wanted to meet that year. So, when I heard he was speaking at Catalyst I took the opportunity to rub shoulders with him hoping his creative genius would rub off on me.
At the time, I was contemplating leaving my day job for my dream job and I thought the timing was perfect for me to bring my questions to Jeremy in hopes of being filled with inspiration to pursue my passions.
I'll never forget the day I met Jeremy when he gave me the best advice I could have heard, "Don't quit your day job." At the time I didn't think it was the best advice, in fact I was crushed! I walked away, dejected and uninspired.
The following year April 2013, Jeremy was speaking at the Catalyst Conference once again and I was excited to share with Jeremy what I had been doing with the advice he had given me. I did not quit my day job, but what I did was immerse myself in the Creative Live classroom and learned from experts in their fields and applied what I was learning and refined my storytelling style.
My proudest moment was partnering with Jeremy's organization Help-Portrait which is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need. We were able to give away 85 professionally printed and framed portraits through Help-Portrait Laguna Beach.
It was one year ago when I thought I was ready to take the leap and pursue my dream job. But then I listened to an interview with another one of my creative heroes Chase Jarvis who said "One of the skills massively missing in our culture and is not being taught is, how to transition from one thing to another."
I had not met Chase yet, but I felt as if he was telling me to figure out how to quit my day job for my dream job and do it well so that it can be taught to others. So this past year, I've been creating a Vizual Plan to make the transition from one thing to another.
Fast forward to today May 20, 2014 and I've transitioned from my day job to my dream job and I've created a road map and a Vizual Plan that I've used myself and am now prepared to begin helping others do the same.
Thank you Jeremy and Chase for shipping creative content for people like me who are part of the "50% of people who are doing something they don't want to be doing and have something else in mind."
Even though I had something else in mind two years ago, I didn't have the road map that showed me how to do something else. Here is what I did:
Let me ask you 3 questions:
As we've reached this milestone and have put up the "Launch" sign post on our road, I'm reminded "The journey is the destination."