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Here’s My 168, What’s Yours?

There are only two main ingredients that can transform us into world class artists… 1. Quality of Learning Source 2. Ability to Manage the 168 Let’s assume you know all about number 1. quality of learning source- you understand that you must learn from a source that has proven success in others, you have a […]

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December 14, 2010 - 1:25 am

Rey Varela - I’ve been inspired by you ever since the Riverside Smug meet-up at the Corona library. I went to your website and browsed you artistic works and have adapted your lighting techniques to improve my work.
I’ve made it my goal to practice them as often as possible and as assignments come up I put them to use.
Reading this just inspires me to keep putting in those hours and to stay on course. On days when I don’t have paid assignments, I make things happen to keep the creative flow going.
Thank you for being you!

December 14, 2010 - 2:34 am

stephen - no one comments any more because of FB LIKE BUTTON so ill change it up here haha.

quality post, need i say more.
Amazing individuals who sacrificed everything to get what they wanted! – so true.

in the end, i believe people will get where they want to go but that depends on how much they really really WANT it. I have come to the point where I can never go back and there is not going back for me. I’ve never had a doubt with your guidance that I have been on the right path. Not a day goes by where I have ever once thought to myself, boy I was stupid to follow my dreams and put it into practice. When I think about some decisions I made that changed the course of my life I knew it was God leading me like he did Moses to the promise land. For a while you’ll be in the desert but God is always with us. Most of us need to have faith and be in it for the long haul. The serious people who are passionate about what they do will see the light at the end of the tunnel. And as you said Scott, most artist dont make it past 3-4 years because they simply give up. Thanks for always inspiring us to live out our dreams and passions.

December 14, 2010 - 5:45 am

Tauran - Welcome back to the blogosphere! Excited to be able to read your posts again!
My 168:
63 – family
70 – photography
35 – sleep
0 – excercise

December 14, 2010 - 7:45 am

Arielle - Scott!!! So nice to hear from you in cyber world!
I have been envious for quite a while of all those “unattached” (or “losers”) that discover at that time in their life they want to become great photographers, you can totally commit and invest yourself and time. So jealous!
My 168 is not consistent, with 3 children (one being a teenager, soon to start high school), it varies and fluctuates at a whim, independently of my dreams..
At the moment (with the Xmas season), my photography time is shrinking at high speed, and the “errand” time is ridiculously overbearing! The sleep time is the slot I keep stealing from, eventually it will catch up with me.
I love the images you have chosen for your banner. I marvel at you, your style is forever changing, always improving, no time to ever get bored. As they say you are always “reinventing” yourself, staying ahead of the pack.
Love to all the SR community,

December 14, 2010 - 7:49 am

admin - Stephen, so true, much of life is either going along with the flow or REALLY wanting something so bad we have to consciously adjust our life to get it which is like swimming up stream, most people get tired of doing this and quit before getting what they really want. that is why we must try to be inspired constantly and or have a higher calling like our faith as you mentioned! thanks Stephen for your thoughtful comments!!

December 14, 2010 - 7:51 am

admin - Rey, keep moving forward one step at a time every week and you’ll get there! Thanks for dropping by!!

December 14, 2010 - 7:53 am

admin - Tauran, I guess if you don’t eat you don’t need to exercise! lol!

December 14, 2010 - 8:21 am

admin - Arielle, I always marveled at people like yourself, loving mom’s who also want a career in photography. I’m not sure how you even do it!!! I look at my wife managing our hectic lifestyle and there is just no way she could develop another career at this stage in her life! If photography is still important to you, I encourage you to don’t let it go because I know you are really talented!! Remember our first workshop and how you cornered me and asked me a bunch of questions and wrote a ton of notes as I replied? I was so impressed on how hungry you wanted to learn. I hope all is well, it is so nice communicating on a blog again, I feel like this is a nice place to talk about things in a deeper way!! Blessings to you and family!!!

December 14, 2010 - 9:30 am

David Lok - Nicee Scott. It’s good to read about how you manage your 168. Definitely gives me a benchmark to compare how I spend my time and where I can improve!

December 14, 2010 - 9:40 am

David Lok - In regards to my main obstacle – it really has to be the transition from my job to photography. I realize in order to gain something, have to let something go. Yet, responsibilities for the family makes it tough. Yet I know if I manage it well enough, I can do it. My 168 right now is:

56 hours sleep
65 hours job
14 hours eat
21 hours computer/netizens
12 hours photography

I realize if I want to get to an extraordinary level something has to give…it’s already imbalanced as it is because theres very minimal time for my family and friends.

December 14, 2010 - 9:41 am

michelle cunningham - oh god. you just reminded me that i haven’t been practicing enough. it’s definitely showing in my work.

December 14, 2010 - 10:14 am

admin - David, Nice job of listing your 168! Glad you took a few moments to realize where your life was taking you! Dude, you have sooooo much potential with photography. It is raw but it is there. You can be a world class photographer, it’s simply how bad and what sacrifices you are willing to make to get there!!

December 14, 2010 - 10:16 am

admin - Michelle C, you’re hilarious!! I’m just starting to get to know you but you keep impressing me every time we meet! Keep moving forward my friend and all things are possible. You have the gift.

December 14, 2010 - 11:00 am - Well, definitely have the quality of learning source – you’re THE BEST Scott!!!!
But, for sure need help and direction in the management of time. I looked at your numbers and realized I really need to pay closer attention to this. It is interesting when there is a chart in front of you and then looking at it and thinking about it. Need more time for family and outdoor activity, practice time with the camera and being creative. When I first saw you speak at Tri Community a few years ago, my jaw dropped and I was so inspired, not just by your images but the fullness of what you shared and verbalized in your presentation and how you got to be one of the world’s best. I don’t want to be mediocre at photography, it is all or nothing. Two years in Scott ; )
45 hrs sleep
75 hrs job/photography/computer editing/fb
14 hrs eat
10 hrs- hygiene
2 hrs – exercise ; (
20 hrs family/errands/household
166 hours
This seems so close but needs restructuring……..

December 14, 2010 - 11:20 am

estherjulee - i’m still struggling with my 168. ๐Ÿ™ still trying to put it together. have you read 168 hours, you have more time than you think? ๐Ÿ™‚ it made me decide to outsource laundry once i have kids.

December 14, 2010 - 11:52 am

Marie-Lyssa - Hi Scott,

Thank you so much for sharing and blogging again!! This is how we met remember .. you are probably one of the 1st blog I was following like an addict when I started my journey 2 years ago. I read the book “the outliers” and I am putting the theory in practice in my life RIGHT NOW!! I am nowhere near my goals yet but am so excited to observe the progress you can make in such a short period of time by putting in the hours.

It’s crazy when I realize that 1 year ago I did not own a video camera or even know how to operate one and in the past 3 months I shot 2 music videos 1 short story 2 commercial clips and more to come … In addition to incorporating green screen technology and underwater shots in my projects….experimenting new lighting techniques and sky is the limit. It feels like a dream but it is my new reality. I invest a min of 5 hours just in learning and practicing everyday (craft, business skills, personal productivity, study, software…whatever I feel like focusing on…)NO EXCEPTION! and that is in addition to every single other activity in my day. (There is another 4hours +- dealing with client or personal projects too) I eat sleep and leave room for all my other needs ๐Ÿ™‚
My reality may be a little different since I have the freedom to spend that time; no kids waiting on me or a needy husband lol!! All jokes aside I decided to make the commitment to investing this precious time in getting myself to a level of excellence and challenge myself right now while i have all this extra time. At the beginning I felt the isolation…

Bandele wrote on his FB page yesterday …
“If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you love.”

A lot of times when you decide to commit to excellence you have to dedicate the time and isolate yourself to focus and stay focus. It is quite the opposite when you really do what you love and dedicate yourself to excellence in your craft. I feel like I have so many people around me. THE RIGHT PEOPLE. I am doing the stuff I love, I am attracting the environment and surroundings that brings so much value to my life so putting in the time is even more enjoyable than before. I have an amazing team , amazing community , supportive group of family & friends who have shared with me that observing me over the past 2 years have inspired them to turn their own dreams into goals. It’s a contagious state of mind!! Love the idea thanks for posting ๐Ÿ™‚

December 14, 2010 - 12:24 pm

Jenny - Great post Scott!!! I definitely believe God brought you into my life to push and encourage me through tough times so I can reach my dream. Thank you so much for everything!!!!

42 hrs – sleep
14 hrs – eat
63 hrs – taking care of baby
14 hrs – internet, facebook, social life, down time.
21 hrs – photography related stuff
14 hrs – exercise, household chores, groceries, driving, cooking, misc.
TOTAL: 168 Hrs.

I think I am maxed out.
Solution: I NEED A NANNY!!!! LOL

December 14, 2010 - 12:32 pm

Erik V. - Hey Scott…It’s great that you’re writing again! I love this post! My 168:

49 sleep
56 photography
28 family
10 exercise
25 Outdoor activities..climbing,snowboarding,etc.

December 14, 2010 - 12:48 pm

admin - Wow, I just love how the old school SR people can get to know the new school peeps on this blog!!! Thanks everyone for commenting and sharing, I’m enjoying the community!!!

December 14, 2010 - 8:05 pm

Michelle Ng - Wow Scott!! Thanks for sharing your 168, never thought of it this way!!

56 hours of sleep
50 hours of full time work/week
14 hrs โ€“ eat
14 hrs โ€“ beautifying (LOL!)
30 hrs โ€“ family/friends/cooking/facebook
7 hrs – driving time, getting places
5 hrs – photography (editing, shooting, etc)
0 – Exercise
176… I think if I cut one of these things out, I’d have lots more time to allocate towards another!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ must…replace…source..of…income

December 15, 2010 - 9:08 am

admin - Lyssa, I think you are right on, the key is FOCUS. There are so many things in life that distract us and we just get sidetracked all the time!! Thanks for commenting, love your insights.

December 15, 2010 - 9:12 am

admin - Esther, I told my wife I will never do the laundry because I would gladly pay someone to do it. The amount of money you can make with your business is greater than paying someone doing your laundry. Sometimes you have to treat maintaining your house like a business to maximize our time doing the things no one else can do! Job out as much as your life as you can!

December 15, 2010 - 9:13 am

admin - Cheri, I love your attitude and your determination! You’re gonna get there, stay focused!!!

December 15, 2010 - 9:15 am

admin - Jenny, I’m so glad we met too, that was an awfully nice compliment you gave me and if God can use me to help you, I’m all for that!! As I told Esther…”Sometimes you have to treat maintaining your house like a business to maximize our time doing the things no one else can do! Job out as much as your life as you can!”

December 15, 2010 - 9:16 am

admin - Hey Erik!! Thanks for commenting! Hope all is well and hope to see you in 2011!!!

December 15, 2010 - 9:17 am

admin - Michelle,

Well, as you know 5 hours a week is not going to cut it. Perhaps the next step for you is going part time at some point? I know you will figure it out because I know how much you want it but at least you know what you are up against!

December 15, 2010 - 11:39 am

Mandie H - What a great way to look at our lives and how we are spending our time…and just in time for new year’s resolutions! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a typical week for me, I think…

56 = sleeping (yay)
14 = eating/procuring food (I don’t cook)
30 = shooting/editing/business/meetings/at the studio
10 = networking/hanging with photographers/Facebook
10 = hanging out with my video-game-addicted husband/TV/housework
7 = driving
1 = CHIROPRACTOR to keep my spine & back healthy!
40 = hours to practice/improve my craft!

I went full time a year and a half ago and just moved into my own studio…it’s been a very scary yet very rewarding experience. Now I think I’m off to invite some friends to a weekly practice shoot!

Scott, so excited that you’re back at the blogging!

December 15, 2010 - 7:08 pm

Heather - Wow! I needed to read this today. Struggeling with feeling “burned out”, and unsure of where to go now with photography. I know there are many areas in my life that I could cut out, and put towards practicing. Thanks for the encouraging post, and I can’t wait ’till the day I get to attend one of your workshops! It’s going on my goals list for 2011!

December 23, 2010 - 10:03 pm

Photographer San Francisco - I should say that it is my first time viewing your site. Now this is the kinda of stuff i like to read about. Great website. I just finished mine and i was looking for some ideas and you gave me a few. I bookmarked your post will read this latter.

December 25, 2010 - 12:38 pm

admin - Thanks for dropping by! I will have more great info in the coming weeks!!

December 31, 2010 - 3:32 pm

Gina Carano - I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to reach my goals. I definitely love reading all that is written on your blog.Keep the aarticles coming. I enjoyed it

January 3, 2011 - 10:29 pm

Newark - Can you message me with any pointers about how you made this site look this awesome , I’d be appreciative!

January 3, 2011 - 10:37 pm

landscaper - I think youve created some genuinely interesting points. Not also many people would really think about this the way you just did. Im definitely impressed that theres so a lot about this topic thats been uncovered and you did it so well, with so significantly class. Very good 1 you, man! Definitely great things here.

January 4, 2011 - 4:05 am

repairs - I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of blog so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful many text for only having one or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

August 29, 2011 - 11:47 am

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