Are you a grumpy?

Are you a grumpy?  Nopefully not – but the problem might be more insidious than one might think.

Dane Sanders in his book FastTrack Photographer talks about how to make your business about your unique strengths.  While some of you might dismiss this idea of being only valid for the esoteric business of photography, one of Dane’s underlying suggestions is a lot more relevant.

He talks about how people become disillusioned in their career and start looking for reasons to blame their circumstances.  Surprisingly the start out point for most people in the photography industry is somewhat similar (a love or interest in photography), however, somewhere along this path people can turn to grumpies.

Here are some of the grumpy characteristics:

  • Self-centered
  • “Knows” everything, sees himself as an expert
  • Feels entitled to business
  • Always asks first, “What’s it it for me?”
  • Arrogant
  • Complaining
  • Attitude toward customers of “I am doing you a favor”
  • Stuck in old business models
  • Rigid
  • Sees unfamiliar technologies and new competitors as threats
  • Controlling, feels a need to do everything himself

(List and ideas above from: “Fast Track Photographer” by Dane Sanders)

So?  Are you a grumpy??  I am at times – it is something I need to work on daily 😉


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