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It Isn’t Always About The Money

April 22, 2008 by  
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Sometimes we get so focused on earning money that we forget that the payoff from our labor often comes in other forms as well.

This morning I received a phone call that made my day. A woman in Florida couldn’t sleep so she got up at 4 am, was flipping through her DVDs to find something to watch, came across my DVD that someone had given her, Patrick Smith’s Florida, A Sense of Place, and popped it in her DVD player. She ended up watching it 3 times in a row.

This DVD is about Patrick D. Smith, a popular Florida author. This lady was so excited by what she saw in the DVD that she went out and bought 3 of the books he talks about in the program. Then she called me because she wanted to personally meet this author and shake his hand, and thought I could put her in touch with him (I could and did). She was so excited that she could hardly contain herself. It really touched me that someone had gotten so much pleasure from my DVD and that they had taken the time to call and tell me so.

My wife, who primarily shoots and edits for the wedding and event side of our business, says that one of the addictively positive non-monetary benefits she gets from doing these types of projects is that the audience always loves the video (they are the stars, after all) and expresses appreciation for the work she does. Corporate clients aren’t usually that effusive, and when you sell your DVDs to strangers all over the world, you rarely get that kind of personal feedback.

Sometimes I sit here in my own office, shipping DVDs but never hearing from my customers about how they like them. Selling your own vidoes does give you an income stream, which is a great motivator when you see those “New Order” emails coming in, but every once in a while you love to hear personally that your video was a light in someone’s life, and that’s a feeling that money cannot buy.

What a great way to start my day. I have to remember that feeling.

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