Guys, today I just need to say that I am tired but I’m motivated! These past few months, I have been PUSHING to get this photography thing off the ground and it has been… well… it’s honestly been rough! I am currently working full time as a substitute teacher. First, to any teachers who may read this, I have a newfound LOVE of you. Teaching little children is a HARD job. Not only do you have to make them learn the information, you have to keep them from being too silly, AND make the information interesting enough that they WANT to learn. Balancing those three things is ROUGH. So, to all you students out there, whether you’re in the second grade or in college, respect your teacher. Even if they are bad in your eyes… that job is REAL hard…
But as for today, I just want to say a couple things I’ve been considering this week. I’ve been reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey and I am learning SO much about myself and this world. And because I took the day off to just relax and recharge myself, I thought I’d go ahead and share some of my introspective thoughts. To do this, I’ll intro. each thought with a quote from the book.
“Many people wait for something to happen or someone to take care of them. But people who end up with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems, not problems themselves, who seize the initiative to do whatever is necessary, consistent with correct principles, to get the job done” [Covey, 83].
Life is not going to hand me anything. I have been building this business since September. Meaning, it has ONLY been five months since I decided to officially start pushing for this. Yet, yesterday I realized that I have been significantly slowing down my effort. My honeymoon phase is over and if I want Daniel Jackson Studios to become a business that changes lives artistically and financially through giving, it will now always come because it is “fun.” I have to choose to fight on. So, I have chosen to do so.
I could spend my time bettering so many other areas of myself, but I love photography. And even if it never really takes off and I have to choose to do something else, it will not be for lack of trying.
“Too many vacations that last too long, too many movies, too much TV, to much video game playing-too much undisciplined leisure time in which a person continually takes the course of least resistance gradually wastes a life. It ensure that a person’s capacities stay dormant, that talents remain undeveloped, that the mind and spirit become lethargic and that the heart is unfulfilled. Where is the security the guidance, the wisdom, and the power? At the end of the continuum, in the pleasure of a fleeting moment” [Covey, 122].
Second, I have found that when I get REALLY tired, I often find myself retreating to my old comforts. It scares me to consider how many days I have spent playing video games instead of spending time with the people who make this world matter. I have wasted many years of my life. BUT, despite this, humans have this incredible ability to choose who we will be with each day.
“The degree to which we have developed our independent will in our everyday lives is measured by our personal integrity. Integrity is, fundamentally, the value we place on ourselves. It’s our ability to make and keep commitments to ourselves, to “walk our talk.” It’s honor with self, a fundamental part of the Character Ethic, the essence of proactive growth.” [Covey, 157].
I am going to survive because I am a person who believes in working hard at what you want, pushing all the time to improve, and only giving up when there really simply is no way. Till I reach that point, I will continue to strive, seeking in all aspects of my business and life to constantly grow as a person. I may fail, but in doing so I will improve. No amount of success can make me a more worthy person. And no number of ruthless mistakes can take anything away from my intrinsic worth. My name is Daniel Jackson and I am worth something.
And with that, I am done for the day. Never forget, you world may crumble and life will be hard, but you are more than your circumstance. You are worth so much much more.