Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Bryan Blair. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Bryan, appreciate you joining us today. Risk taking is something we’re really interested in and we’d love to hear the story of a risk you’ve taken.
One of the biggest risks that I’ve ever taken was taking the leap to move to a completely different state where I knew little to no people, in hopes to grow my businesses in photography and real estate. Moving to another state or even another city may seem scary, however I believe that it is a life sheet code when you decide to move to a different state or city. I believe that when you experience different cities and their cultures and learn how to network with new people it will take you to the next level in whatever business or niche you are trying to accomplish.
Bryan, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
I specialize in professional creative photography and real estate media production. I started photography back in 2016 by taking portraits of my friends in high school, then I went to college and was not able to focus on my craft as much. I decided to take a gap year pre-pandemic, to pursue photography full-time and I landed an amazing opportunity to work with a real estate agency full-time. I grew my knowledge in real estate photography while pursuing porch or photography on the side as well. I grew my social media presence and began making videos that were relevant to my followers an audience, which landed me more brand collaborations to make another stream of income on the side outside of my current job and my side business in portrait photography. I want my work to stand for purpose, I will only shoot things that have a purpose and have meaning behind them. And I want my audience to see the purpose in the photographs and videos that I produce. I believe that everybody has a very strong purpose and I want to use my visual aid and visual arts to inspire the majority of people that see my work, so that they are equipped with a proper positive mindset to apply to their own personal crafts as well.
Let’s talk about resilience next – do you have a story you can share with us?
The most struggle that anybody will have one building a business is getting told the word “No”. Getting told “no” feels painful and fills our minds with rejection and discouragement. However being told now does not mean your idea will never work, Bill Gates once said this; “I showed my business plan to 1000 people, and 800 people said no, and 200 people showed interest, but only 11 people made me a billionaire.” I believe that we should all go for the word no, we should chase it, because it toughens our resilience to how we react to when people reject us. If you want to be successful you are going to be rejected, that is just straight facts. However, what makes the difference in a successful entrepreneur and the average person, comes down to how persistent is the individual! How are you able to handle the word no when someone rejects your business plan or your proposition? If you can hold a strong back bone and filter out the wrong people from your life that you were networking with and talk to the right people that will show interest and support your idea then you are golden. I believe that we should learn to process the word no not as a rejection but as a steppingstone, every time we are told no let’s view it as we are one step closer to the word yes! If people can learn how to utilize this mindset in their businesses and their endeavors they will take their businesses to the next level!
What’s a lesson you had to unlearn and what’s the backstory?
I think it is very crucial for everybody to unlearn the employee mindset. Let me explain, we go to school to get a degree then to go work for somebody for 40 to 50 years to get paid a salary that is way less than what we deserve. That is the employee mindset, working 9 to 5, five days a week, for 40 to 50 years until we retire when we are older and not able to experience life when we are young. This is a lesson that everybody needs to learn, if you want to work a job and go to school and specialize in a specific career, then great! I encourage you to do that only if you’re passionate about it. I discourage people to go to school if they are not passionate about what they are studying. I urge people to create their own lifestyle and take life into their own hands to create a lifestyle that is both inspiring and successful to themselves and their family. The way to unlearn the employee mindset is to connect with somebody who has already unlearned it, a mentor in business ownership and successful entrepreneur ship. What changed my life was getting connected to my mentor Greg and Jackie Frances, they have turned my life around and have taught me how to walk and talk like an entrepreneur and grow my businesses to the next level. I believe that once you start to shift your mindset to the entrepreneur mindset, you are then able to easily let go of the employee mindset and inspire others to take life into their own hands and make it what they want it to be.