‘All that a man achieves and all that he fails to
I just posted today's blog about yesterday's research and then began thinking about what an infinitesimal percentage of the world's population I need to intrigue and inspire enough to buy my photography in order to make a living. If I were to reach .000001 percent of the population on a yearly basis, and had a photo with a $5 profit margin that each person purchased -- just one photo per person out of the whole year -- I could earn a middle class income that would feel good. It's such a ridiculously small amount of people considering there are over 7 billion humans on the planet right now.
Putting it in that perspective, it seems plausible, even doable, that I could sell enough of my images to keep a roof over my head and food on my table. Some of my photographs have won 1st place accolades and a couple photos were even picked to be in National Geographic's online magazine. So I have a modicum of talent. I have enough passion, tenacity, perseverance, and sheer fearlessness to go after a living as an artist. That's good. I have one but though. Are the subjects of my photography wall worthy? Do enough people want to shell out some green to put a rodent, albeit adorably cute, yet still a rodent, on their wall? Or a bee? One of my specialties is tiny life photography -- aka insects -- and how many people want to pay for a ladybug or bee or grasshopper staring at them?
It got me thinking old thoughts. I'm not mainstream in much of anything in my life. Then I got thinking about the things that I know make money. Porn. Drugs - legal and illegal. Candy. Human trafficking and animal trafficking. Oil/Gas. So I googled and came up with the top 10 legal and illegal ways that make vast amounts of money. To what end, I don't know. It's just the way my mind works when I research. I get an idea and then wonder more about it. I've never been drawn to the underworld, so I have no thoughts about doing something illegal. And I am not remotely interested in producing anything that the top 10 money makers make.
I'm into nature and promoting gentle living on this messed up planet. My photography tells a story about getting in touch with all life and communing in the woods because it's soul feeding and brings me inner peace. All that inspires me, guides me, and interests me, appears far removed from the money trail. Yet I am for the first time in my life, dedicated to building a bridge that will connect my passion to a pay load. This journey promises to entertain. And if the quote by James Allen rings true, it's best I entertain thoughts of success: ‘All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.’
It's not surprising that a pharmaceutical company, oil and gas companies, Wal-Mart, banks, and GE which is considered the world’s largest conglomerate comprise the top ten money making companies in the world. GE provides global infrastructure products and services, health-care systems, jet engines and transportation services, and household appliances. It also has a large financial services division. I was a little surprised that Apple made the top 10, but I guess the I-phone and IPad put it in that category.
10 Lucrative Illegal Trades
7 Snake Skins
4 Bear Parts
2 Bootleg Liquor
1 New Born Babies
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