Living Your Vision

Have you found a way to do what you love and get paid for it? Do you have a clear understanding of your natural gifts and abilities?
Plato said, “All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at  the right moment, without meddling with anything else.”  One of the greatest experiences of my life has been the chance to do work that fits with my natural gifts and even better than that is finding work that combines my natural gifts with my husband’s natural gifts and allows us to work together.
We feel lucky that our ONLY business is Vision Quest Virtual Tours.  We found a market that allows us to do nothing other than photograph virtual tours without having to do other types of photography.  Because of our crystal clear focus and understanding of what we do well, we are able to produce superior quality work with relative ease.
I watch Greg creating tours and know that if I were to try to do what he does, it would take me four times longer if I didn’t give up in frustration long before then.  He is the technical one in our partnership.  He knows the shortcuts in Photoshop, he has developed systems to allow him to build multiple tours at the same time, he knows what he is looking for when color correcting an image. By the time Greg is finished creating a virtual tour, he has taken the images through five or six different software programs but he makes it look easy because he is working within his area of expertise.
Greg listens to me on the phones and is amazed at how easy it is for me to talk to people about our virtual tour business.  I LOVE calls like the one I got today where the client told me that his web guy said he didn’t need the virtual tour and I got to overcome a laundry list of objections.  I have spent hours on the phone over several months and today he finally got it! I was able to answer all of his questions and we are doing 8 virtual tours for him next week.  That sort of thing fires me up but I understand that wouldn’t be the case for someone who doesn’t share my natural gifts and skills.  Talking to someone 20 or more times before they say yes gives me a huge sense of accomplishment! 
If you haven’t already found a way to get paid to do something you love, consider taking the time to write down a description of your ideal lifestyle.  What would your work hours be?  What would your role be in the company?  Who would you work with?  What special skills and talents do you bring to the table?  Then look at your current life and ask yourself “What is keeping me from living my dream?” 
By knowing ahead of time what your vision is, you can recognize it when the right moment comes along.
Vision Quest Virtual Tours provides high quality virtual tours for heathcare, hospitality and education.  We have photographed tours in 31 states but when we are not on the road, we split our time between Charleston, SC and Quincy, IL.  To learn more or to schedule a tour, visit us online at www.VisionQuestVirtualTours.com.