Last week, I wrote a post titled “I started a business and now I’m living on $15 a day“. Here’s a follow-up on that post.
We live in a world where we’re raised to be independent. Fiercely so, to the point that the idea of “faking it ’till you make it” is touted as the key to success. When I decided that I didn’t want to follow that premise, that I wanted to prove that being genuine in the pursuit of developing innovative ideas, I hit a wall.
Just like the majority of society, I was convinced: Faking it was the only way I was going to persuade others that I was capable of achieving the massive goals I had set for myself and my business. I believed that admitting and displaying my weakness was going to be detrimental to my success.
Last week, when I started to write about my reliance on the generosity of others, I almost couldn’t post it. As I began to write, I started feeling ashamed of the position I was in. Heck, who wants to be seen as a person that can’t support themselves?
I continued to write. I’m glad I did. The more I wrote, the more encouraged I was. I started to realise that there were more parts to the story. I had committed everything I had, giving up my own photography gear in a pursuit of a dream to inspire others in photographing their world.
As I started to share my story and my ideas, it dawned on me that I wasn’t just a seagull calling “mine, mine, mine” after leftovers (Literally, the other week, a work mate, Kim, shared half a bowl of chips with me). I realised that people wanted to support me and my crazy ideas because I was living it with a genuine passion. They could see that I had built the foundations of something incredible with every resource I had available to me.
I now realise that in being genuine and transparent in my adventures, I had created a circle of friends interested in following my crazy journey because it’s refreshing, unusual, challenging and inspiring. Here’s to the ongoing adventure.
I have to say, admitting that I was actively relying on others was one of the hardest and most humbling things that I’ve ever done.
Thanks for the support, I’m looking forward to continuing to share the journey with you. Next post on Thursday!
Interested in supporting me?
If you’re interested in supporting me in building a business that values community, puts people over profit and turns ideas into reality, you can buy some of my greeting cards or buy one of my photographs on Redbubble. Alternatively, if you’re feeling really generous and want to shout me a coffee or nice meal, you can do so through PayPal. I’ll take a photo and share it on my next blog post! 🙂