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As I enjoy the last few days of my holiday, I finally have time to reflect. 2015 seemed to fly past didn’t it? What a hectic year but I am happy to say, what an incredible year with so many highlights and fantastic memories. I want to thank everyone who was a part of mine.
This past year I had the opportunity to return to my alma mater for a graduation ceremony. It was a friend who was walking down the isle with a cheek-to-cheek grin. It’s something to be proud of - all those years of study culminating with a mortarboard and a degree - it means something. I reminisced and thought about the years since I graduated. During the graduation weekend, Hope Channel Inc President Bradley Thorp shared at the Baccalaureate a talk titled “Investing for Maximum ROI” (Return On Investment). In it he encouraged every graduate to find their gift, regardless of how small they perceive it to be, invest time and energy into it and share it with the world. He reiterated we ALL have something we can share. Perhaps it’s our caring personality, our ability to teach, clean floors, drive a cab, or concentrate on doing a life saving surgery. In society most skills are rewarded differently, but the fact remains we each have the capacity to be positive and do good for those around us while making a significant difference with the gift we've been given. Think about it. Whatever we are doing this moment in our lives we need to be doing to the BEST of our abilities regardless if we reap a "Thank You" or not.
Over time we may switch directions in life and that is a part of evolving. Since I graduated university I have worked as a personal trainer, managed a gym and run a successful business. It took me a few years before I discovered and settled into what I loved doing the most - taking photos of amazing people. I found a camera gave me an opportunity to leave a little of myself with each client and that friends is very rewarding.
(Photos - Power Lifter - Elaine Huba. What to see a Behind the Photo blog on Elaine? Let David know.)
I receive a lot of “Thank You” emails regarding my work, however, from time to time I get some that catch me off guard. I recently received a message from someone I photographed around the CBBF Nationals. Here are a few exerts: “David, I just want to thank you for what you do in the industry... both your friendliness in person and what you share through your writing. Your words have guided me and given me a different perspective. When I started in the industry in 2007 I was very naive and wish I had had some proper guidance. I hope you continue to pass on your knowledge and perspective of different things that occur in the fitness industry in a public forum. When I met you, you exceeded my expectations, I heard many great things and from chatting previously I knew you were going to be an "ok guy" lol, but your personality and words... well all I have to say is you are doing exactly what you should be doing... you make a difference David in many lives especially when it comes to self esteem and self confidence. Thank you!”
When I began my career as a photographer there were times when I questioned the impact I could make in people’s lives with a camera. When I receive a special “Thank You” like the one above, I feel like I am making a difference. I’m not the only one that can though. You can too - in everything you do.
I challenge you to keep working hard at what you’re doing now and make a difference. Take pride in your work and in yourself. Invest your energy wisely and it’ll show in your energy’s Return On Investment.
Happy New Year!! Make 2016 the best year yet!!
Want to see more of Elaine Huba, the model featured in this blog? Let me know by contacting me through my website. I am fortunate to meet so many amazing people every year and many are never shared publicly. Elaine has an interesting story, so there is a good chance you'll see more of her in the coming year. If you want to be featured in one of my Blog's, Features, or possibly printed Articles, please contact me to set up a photo shoot so I can share you with the world.