This quote is framed above my desk. Right below a certain other quote by Abraham Lincoln. Both quotes inspired my business. Actually, the Lincoln quote inspired the idea of taking photos as a means to “keep” the moments that make up the “life in my years” for posterity, long before I imagined doing this for other people as a business. A sort of “carpe diem” variation, just for me. (Fun fact — if you were super tech-y and cared enough to look back at the history of this domain name, you’d see that I established it as a personal photo blog long before the birth of the LYYP business idea).
But anyway, I spotted the Goethe quote on a card in a souvenir shop during a time when I was quietly wondering to myself whether I had the guts to actually put myself out there — to turn this passion of mine into a business. That might fail. That might embarrass me.
They didn’t teach you that in law school.
(P.S. I love the pronunciation of “Goethe”, don’t you?)
(P.P.S. More from my “Words and Pictures” project HERE).