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January 31, 2007

16 Rules of Success….

Filed under: Inspiration — chantal @ 1:31 pm

I came across this today and it’s something I need to read everyday. Written by Bob Parsons, founder of

Here are the 16 rules I try to live by:

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone. I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.” My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”

2. Never give up. Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.

3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think. There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be. Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences.” My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”

5. Focus on what you want to have happen. Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”

6. Take things a day at a time. No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward. Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide. Remember what General George S. Patton said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”

9. Measure everything of significance. I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate. If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing. When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around. In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.

13. Never expect life to be fair. Life isn’t fair. You make your own breaks. You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems. You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others.” There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: “A wise man keeps his own counsel.”

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There’s always a reason to smile. Find it. After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time; we’re here for a good time.”

The above rules for survival are included with the permission of Bob Parsons ( and is Copyright © 2004-2006 by Bob Parsons. All rights reserved.


January 29, 2007

Something cool…

Filed under: Photography — chantal @ 1:14 pm

One of my photo-friends, Arthur, had the sensor fail on his digital p&s. Before it totally died, he was able to create some really interesting images.

Check them out!

January 25, 2007

Juicy Tidbit

Filed under: News,Photography — chantal @ 11:29 pm

I am so behind on every project I am working on it’s not even funny. I seem to be busy doing SOMETHING all day long, yet nothing ever gets finished — Arrghh! I am happy to say, however, that by this time next week I really should be caught up.

In addition to several half-written articles (sorry Jonathan and Andy—I’m almost done, I promise!), I’m helping to organize the NAP Meet-up in April which will include the 2007 Photobloggies Awards, and I’m also trying to kick-start a small photo business of my own.

The business thing has been an interesting ride thus far (how many people actually say ‘thus far’?). I spent most of the day today writing and re-writing an event contract and while researching I came across this chock-full-of-info website called PhotoAttorney.

It’s a blog written by an attorney who specializes in legal assistance for photographers.  How cool is that?  You don’t need to be pro to need legal aid with your photography.  It’s a great site, so check it out!

January 23, 2007


Filed under: Photography — chantal @ 2:05 am

Everyone once in a while, as a photographer, you’ll hit the nail on the head. You’ll make a picture, or if you’re lucky–a series, that is a perfect rendition of what you visualized in your head. Every so often, you’ll create something that goes beyond even your own expectations.

Forgive me if I sound pompous, but this doesn’t happen very often…I did it. Two weeks ago I was looking out my back window and I caught a glimpse of something. Not an image, but the potential for one. I grabbed my camera, and went outside in the rain, quickly snapping off 10 or so shots.

It was film, and I just got the prints back today. I can’t wait to share them, they are incredible, at least to me. I just need some time with them before I share.

They’re quiet, they’re pensive…dare I say, even sensual. I have a show coming up in April and I had already changed my mind a few times about which images to use.

These are the ones.


Filed under: News — chantal @ 12:50 am

Sunday morning, snow finally arrived here to Central Ohio.

Sunday morning at the grocery store…

a wider view of today’s image on my photoblog…
tree reflected-wide

snowy sidewalk next to my house…

January 18, 2007

Series Rebirth

Filed under: Uncategorized — chantal @ 1:38 pm

Last year I started the series Photobloggers Exposed. It was great because I got to interview some really talented photographers, and get their photoblogs a little extra exposure. The series appeared on Blogcritics Magazine and The Online Photographer. Once the holidays started though, I was busy with family stuff, and the series sort of lost a little steam.

I hope to revive it though, this year, but with a slightly different direction. I wrote before about how I’d like to feature photographers working on specific projects. I’ve already interviewd two really great guys…Jonathan Greenwald and Andrew Smith. My plan is to get a few moreinterviews in over the next week or so, then post 4 or 5 articles all within a day or two of each other.

And I gotta be honest….my motivation for doing this? I’m nosey. I find great photographers who I really admire, for one reason or another, and I want to know more about them. What better way to ask a bunch of nosey questions than in a real interview? Plus they get a little exposure, so it’s win-win.

I’d like to expand it, though, to more than just photobloggers. Although I love the photoblogging community, there are just too many amazingly talented and inspirational photographers out there. So we’ll see where this leads.

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