Yesterday I had the privilege of shooting photos of a group visiting from Mexico. They were taking a tour around the National Mall, stopping at various locations. My assignment was simple: take a group photo at each location and deliver 18 matted prints the next day. “Additionally,” I told them, “I’ll just shoot some candid shots and give them to you on disc.”
Honestly, nothing extraordinary happened. They were a great group of people and very easy to work with, even in spite of the language barrier. I felt comfortable enough to just be myself and take photos like I always do. Near the end of the tour, one lady came up to me and said (in broken English), “We would like to thank you for your hard work! You do a very good job!” I let her know how much I appreciated that, and then kept on shooting.
A short while later, another lady came up to me and said, “You really do love your job, don’t you?” and immediately I was struck with curiosity. “How do people perceive me?” Clearly it was nothing I said; after all, they didn’t speak English. It wasn’t my reputation –they didn’t know me from anybody. Nor was it my photographs –they hadn’t seen any of ’em yet. I think it all comes down to my work ethic.
At a very young age my dad instilled in me a proactive attitude toward work. He made a simple statement one day, and it has stuck with me ever since. We were working in the garage together, and he asked me to do something. I quietly went about it, and then waited for the next assignment. A few minutes later he said, “Why are you just sitting there?”
“Because you haven’t told me what else to do,” I replied.
“Well don’t wait for me to tell you what to do. Look for ways you can help, and then do it.”
If you sit around waiting for instructions, then you lower your potential to merely playing “catch up.” Yet, if you look for ways to go above and beyond what is asked of you then your potential knows no limit. That’s how we do things at Mud Productions. That’s why we’re different.
Thanks for noticing!