Recently, I was on a phone call with Wendy Norman. Wendy is a member of the same Total Life Freedom Mastermind as me. She has grown a large Instagram following for her wedding photography business, Apt B Photo out of Savannah, GA. However, Wendy took a substantial hit during Covid and had to do a major pivot. She saw the growing trend of elopements as an alternative to the big wedding and started offering photography packages on her website. They started selling and selling. Now, Wendy is a niche leader in Elopement Photography Packages in Savannah and her name is spreading nationally.
Toward the end of our conversation, she heard the challenges that have held me back. I had shared my lifelong conflict of overthinking everything, which has caused me to take action slower than others that were succeeding at a much higher rate. Wendy listened and then dropped this nugget that I knew needed to be a podcast episode. "Think of life like a scavenger hunt. Everything you get and every person you meet is a new clue along your journey. Have you ever played in a Scavenger Hunt? You are given a map with clues, along with an objective to gather the clues you find the treasure. At the beginning, you have no idea where the treasure is. You just choose a direction and follow the map. Some clues seem valuable, but end up taking you away from the treasure. Other clues are total diversions. And of course, one clue is the right clue that puts you on the right path to the treasure. You don't know which thing or which person is that right clue. Every clue brings curiosity, interest and investment. It's up to us to fully explore the map and our scavenged clues to ascertain the next big move. Eventually, you will reach the treasure and look back to realize that the hunt was way more fun than the treasure." This lines up with a recent episode, Move your Pawn First.
What if we thought like that about other people. Every person we meet is a clue along our path. Be curious about them. Understand them. Find out if that person is the clue that gets you one step closer to your treasure. No person is insignificant, no matter where they are in life. Sometimes clues lead you astray. So do people. You may pick up a clue that leads you to a particular place to dig and nothing came of it and you had to backtrack. So it is with some people and some things. Thinking of life as a scavenger hunt allows you to have fun along the path from every clue versus just wanting to get the treasure. This makes connecting with others to get to know them and find a way to serve them fun. This makes mistakes fun. This makes finding the right clues exciting. This makes facing adversities necessary and easier to overcome. This makes our lives fun. It's the way that Wendy lives her life and I for one was moved by her story. How about you?
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