Profile Reflections #9

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Taking a brief step away from Photoshop and photography topics, we move for a moment to life and some words of wisdom from our profilees.

  • “Be of your word.” – Terry White
  • “Don’t take yourself too seriously. It inhibits growth and gets in the way of learning new things. Much better to have an open mind and be humble.” – Derrick Story
  • “Ehm, it’s too short to argue about silly stuff.” – Jennifer Farley
  • “Never give up, and sometimes, just live life’s questions without having to know the answers right now.” – David Ziser
  • “It is not about what you have done, it is about what you are doing.” – Mike Palmer
  • “This probably sounds cliché but do things that make you happy.  The type of happy that is deep and lasts long doesn’t usually require a lot of money – don’t worry about keeping up with the Jones’s.” – Stephen Waterfall
  • “The idea of pay-it-forward. I truly believe that optimism and kindness make life much more special. It’s a Karma kind of thing. I just hope I don’t come back as a bug.” – Doug Stremel
  • “Try not to take things so seriously. I often let things get to me when they aren’t that important anyway and I need to just let go. Travel. Find out what brings you joy and pursue it with all you’ve got. Never stop being true to who you are.” – Jason D. Moore
  • “Don’t get so hung up in “goals” that you miss the moment you’re in.” – Andy Smith
  • “I am not qualified to give advice to anyone about life.” – Dave Beckerman
  • “I believe this quote from Roy Williams captures what I think:

    “If you don’t start paying attention, you’re going to wind up where you’re headed.Is there something special in this life that you hope to do”someday”? How much of it can be done today, this very day, before you go to bed?In our youth, we have dreams and schemes and bright eye-gleams. And then one day we wake up, realize that whole decades have escaped us, one day at a time, and we’re no closer to our dreams than when we began. Badda-bing, badda-boom. Midlife crisis.Action is the solitary ingredient that separates planning from delusion.One thing leads to another. What “one thing” are you going to do today that will bring you closer to what you want to do tomorrow? It doesn’t matter how small the thing is. What does matter is that you DO IT TODAY. And then do another little thing tomorrow.

    Don’t allow the merely urgent to displace the truly important. Steal back a little of your life each day for living.

    Free the Beagle.”
    -Roy H. Williams

    Many people seem to have more dreams than goals and I don’t see them moving closer to a better life, which is a shame.

  • – Ben Willmore

  • “Relish, enjoy, dream.” – Aaron Johnson
  • “Trust your instincts and do what you want to do. Don’t let anyone stand between you and your vision of yourself. Live boldly and discover the unique talent you have to offer the world, whatever it is! You’re wonderful! ” – Kathleen Connelly
  • “I am always hoping someone will clue me in. If they do, I’ll let you know what they said. ” – Paul Politis
  • “Have as much fun as you possibly can. ” – Bruce L. Snell
  • “If you don’t have faith in God, you’re pretty much on your own, and life can be tough enough without having to go it alone.” – Scott Kelby
  • “There is no such a thing.” – Richard Vanek
  • “Travel. See the world and realize that there are many ways to live a good life. We don’t all need to be the same.” – Michael Snell
  • ““Life is like a box of chocolates…” No, I’m just kidding. Hmm – That was a tough one. My parents have always supported me, my brother and sisters no matter what we would throw ourselves into. And they have always said that you can do anything you want in life. If you work hard enough you will eventually reach you goals.” – Martin Andreasen
  • “Live your dream!” – Jim Larimer
  • “There’s not much time, so make the most of what you have.” – Timothy Campbell & Eduardo Angel
  • “Slow down a bit. We seem to move at a frantic pace sometimes and miss great opportunities such as enjoying the scenery or playing with our kids. So that’s it, just slow down a bit (oh, and use your turn indicator)” – Dave Cross
  • “Whether it’s in work or life in general, to quote Aldous Huxley, “Experience is not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you”.” – Mike Holley
  • “Look for the joy, because it’s not always obvious. Work to find it when you don’t see or feel it.” – Amy Archer
  • “Balance –Don’t forget about the important people in your life, other things beside photography that need to be taken care of. It’s so easy to forget that too. I am the kind of person that can be out driving somewhere and will say “Oooh, let me stop and make a quick photo of that interesting (insert person/tree/brook/scenic/ here) – the lights almost right!” and then an hour later I’m still not done. Trust me You may enjoy the moment, but the person beside you may get a little tired of the indulgence.” – Clayton Spangler
  • “Have fun.” – Mike McHugh
  • “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” – Matt Kloskowski
  • “Do not let fear of the unknown keep you from experiencing new things.” – David Hobby
  • “Everything has a process, so take life one day at a time.” – Lynda Walldez
  • “Treat the dandelion as a flower. This is the most common thought running through my head, I’ve been thinking about this concept for a few years now.” – Joey Lawrence
  • ““When success turns a man’s head, he is facing failure.” – Unknown” – Justin Seeley
  • “Don’t sweat the small stuff. Do what you can do, in the time you have to do it. There’s only 24 hours in the day, no matter how hard you try to squeeze in a little more. Also, don’t be a hermit. It’s a big world out there and everyone should try to see as much of it as they can in their lifetime. You can learn a lot about yourself by exploring other cultures. ” – Jeff Revell
  • “Always work in a career you find personally and professionally fulfilling. Also never under estimate the amazing impact that children and true love can have on your life, I am blessed to have both.” – Tom Moore
  • “Listen.” – Chris Orwig
  • “Whatever you choose to do, be the best at it that you can be. Give it 110%.” – Andy Biggs
  • “Good grief; how about, “Don’t take a self-absorbed 30-ish software dude or his pronouncements too seriously!” ” – John Nack

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  • Doug Peek

    Here is one that has kept me happy and content for the last 30+ years.
    “Enjoy what you do… Or find something you can.”

    January 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm

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