Rangefinder also published the article on their website but not all the images, download pdf for full article.
Everyone should set goals and set them high. It is not the accomplishment of the goal itself that is important, but what we have to become in order to achieve our goal. For example, when I first started in the industry and after attending The WPPI Convention in Las Vegas about 7 years ago, one of my goals was to be featured in Rangefinder Magazine (a lofty goal considering I hadn’t won any awards, no one knew me, I wasn’t published and I didn’t have famous photographer friends … I was a nobody) which I somehow accomplished in 2007. The goal was not to be popular or being able to brag and wave the magazine in front of the eyes of those who never thought I could make it, but rather what I would have to become in order for this to realistically happen. First of all, I would have to be a darn good photographer and furthermore I would have to be significant to the industry.
Significance or influence is usually the driving force behind many of our goals. Why do you think Mark Zuckerberg is still holding on to Facebook when it is worth 75 billion dollars? No matter how rich or successful we become, we keep working and striving for more because we have a need to feel relevant and significant. Our families make us feel extremely significant and some of us have a hard time dealing with an “empty nest”- when our children grow up and leave our home.
We should have three types of goals:
- Those that make ourselves better
- Those that make our family and friends better
- Those that make our world better
Goals force us to transform ourselves- like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Set your goals high and let your journey to greatness begin. Everyone should set a goal so deep that when achieved, our immediate response brings tears of joy. As many of you know, when speaking to a group I feel close to, I often break down in tears because my journey brutally tested me, broke me down over and over, ransomed my money, tested my marriage, made me question if I was worth the fight, if I had the talent, if I was worthy to dream. I simply can’t believe what a blessed life I’ve now been given and to see where I’ve been and how far I’ve come is literally a miracle in my eyes. (www.scottrobertstory.com)
This extraordinary life I live allows me to be creative, I get to make friends literally around the world, I get asked to represent so many amazing companies who are my sponsors and most of all I get to help others live their dream life. The reward is not in the popularity or financial gains (most of the greatest artists in the world died poor) but in being significant and influential and when this happens we have a shot at actually changing the world for the better.
Living your dream is more about feeling significant and less about popularity and the acquiring of things we can’t take with us in the end.