I was recently asked to create an invitation for a Sweet 16 party. I have created invites/flyers before but I always used some sort of template and added my own flair. This request was for something original. I would need to create it from scratch. The client wanted the invitation to feel like Brooklyn because of the location of the party. Brooklyn??? What the heck does that mean - lol? Even though this was far out of my comfort zone and I could think a few people that I knew who were qualified and even considered calling them, something inside of me would not let me turn down this opportunity.
Due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts as well as a number of bad weather days, what should have been a two week process turned in to three days. Three days to shoot, create the invitation and get client approval.
On the day of the shoot, I make it to the location, contact the client to once again confirm the meet up time/location and I wait. The meet time comes and goes. I wait and I wait. Finally I text her to find out what her ETA is. She is not close. She is stuck in a tremendous amount of traffic. She texted me back about fifteen minutes later asking me where I am. Hmmmm, I am on the corner where I told you I would be. Where are you I ask? She said the cab driver told her where he dropped her off was the location. It wasn’t. She asks a passerby if they knew where this location is. I hear them tell her, oh that’s pretty far - ugh.
I can go on and on and bore you with the details but I won’t.
Here is what I want you to know.
There will come a time in your life when you will be required to move out of your comfort zone. Don’t think for one moment that this is some random situation presenting itself. This push is happening at this time for a reason.
Not only was this request out of my comfort zone conceptually, I was also presented with a fair share of challenges on the day of the shoot. Too many to note.
None of this is random.
What will you do? Will you put your big girl panties on? Will you man up?
In the end the shoot went well and the invitation turned out wonderfully.
This does not mean that every time you are faced with an opportunity to grow, you will succeed in that moment. Even if it does not work out then, you learned something about that experience and about yourself that you will be able to use in the future.
I leave you with a quote from the great Michael Jordan - "Limits, like fear, is often an illusion."
"I am really working out of my comfort zone lately, and I love to hear other experiences about it. You are absolutely right that we have to push through it, embrace the opportunity, and learn from it. Thanks for the reminder!" - Diane Evans
"I recently learned that taking a risk doesn't mean it was a bad decision if it doesn't turn out the way you thought it would. That's what I believed all my life until now. I'm realizing the risk itself can be the prize because of the lessons and experience I've gained from it. I appreciate hearing that in the end of this post." - Bernadette George
<PREVIOUS POST | NEXT POST>