One quote that's always stuck with me is "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
Years ago, Steve Jobs closed a commencement speech at Stanford with this quote. It's not his quote, but it is an effective one. Even though he addressed hundreds of newly-minted college graduates, the words are fitting for everyone, from collegiate scholar to skilled worker. In an candid and conversational way, he delivered three short stories that very fittingly define the quote. If you've never heard this speech, please take just fifteen minutes to check it out. It's profound nature lies only in its basic truth. Seriously, go check it out. It's garnered 9 million views on just this one YouTube posting. I wish my videos had even a fraction of that impact.
Ok, back to the 700-mile walk.
As part of staying hungry and foolish, I thought I should do something so out of the ordinary that it'll change who I am. I don't know if I was researching a video gig, checking out someone's blog, or just generally wasting time on the internet. Regardless of how it occurred, I happened upon a site that described a pilgrimage in Japan that was first done by a buddhist monk in the 8th century. The pilgrimage is a circumnavigation of Shikoku Island, with a stop at each of 88 temples along the way. Over the centuries, it has become a popular journey among Japanese and foreigners, alike. Most people complete it using modern transportation methods, and that really seems like the sensible way to do it. But, that just doesn't seem hungry and foolish enough to me.
Running my own business has been the most fool-hearted thing I've done.
I've never understood the allure of entrepreneurship until I became one. The things I once took for granted when working in teams of hardworking people became painfully apparent when I went completely on my own. I've learned so much about myself and my capabilities, and in ways that I would have never realized. This 700-mile walk, to me, would seem a natural extension of that realization. I want to know more about who I am and what I can do, and the only way I know how is to put myself through something that would seem, well, crazy. I guess what I really want to know are my limitations.
I shoot video for a living, occasionally photos.
I don't know if I'm a filmmaker or a photographer, but I do both, and I love them equally. My clients need me to be creative, and to continue to see things differently than most. My work with a camera or an editing workstation will (hopefully) be enjoyed by thousands. I want my client's viewers moved, emotionally. I want them happy, sometimes sad, and other times even angry enough to take action. I'm paid honest money to do honest work, and this journey will help me build and foster my creativity. It's an investment in me and an investment in my work. It's an investment in those who trust me and those who have yet to do so. I take my life's work with so much joy and seriousness that I really see no other way. (Here's another plug for Steve Jobs speech... go watch it.) For all the physical punishment I'll endure, there'll be no greater reward than the fruits of this labor. What I realize at the end will undoubtedly bring me to my knees... in one way or another. Here's the funny part, though... I don't even know what realizations will come to me. But, that's what so remarkable about it.
I'll always be hungry, and those who know me well, have called me foolish for years. It's really just fitting.
Oh, one more thing. I apologize to end this way but if you'd like to help me on this journey, please click the link below.
Either way, I appreciate the time you spent here and I invite you back to this blog over the next two months as I document along the way.