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How Badly Do You Care? Only pursue things in life which you insanely care for:
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How Badly Do You Care? Only pursue things in life which you insanely care for:
The secret to extracting the most out of life:
Your time in life is limited. Therefore, it seems in order to get the maximum out of existence, the goal is to best leverage your time, as wisely as possible.
For example, as much as I love going to the gym, it still seems the wisest mode of action it’s only go once a week, and just attempt my maximum lift, once a week. Then, all the other spare time I can have is to leverage my more unique abilities — the time to go through my photos, the opportunity to write, publish, share, vlog, etc.
Therefore, I don’t think we should be thinking about “being time efficient“, or even being “effective“. Time leverage is a more useful concept.
Even having technology with faster processors, which allows us to do more and less time. This is simply time leverage. Or being able to Uber everywhere instead of having to drive yourself, find parking, waste time, etc.
Therefore, it seems that the wisest and the best entrepreneur is he who is best able to leverage his or her time, the most intelligently.
VLOG: The Philosophy of Traveling The Philosophy of Traveling

Why travel? Towards what ends?

Why I’m happier when I’m traveling or on the road

For me, I prefer to travel and be on the road. Why? The irony —

Things are LESS certain and normal.

For me, this awakens my inner-genius. I innovate and do things new.

For example, wanting to workout. I found a local gym here in Phnom Penh and the entry was only $3USD for a day pass! And, the weights were not like back home — it required me to jump quicker than I usually do. For example, instead of increments of 25-pounds and 45-pounds, I just went straight up plate by plate (20kg plates). This is the road for me to (finally) deadlift my dream — 5 plates!

Once again, if I were back home, my technique is limited via the same old way I typically do things. Traveling, being on the road, or being abroad (foreign, non-home) gives you the opportunity (through necessity) to innovate.

America is boring

Something else I learned:

Life in America is boring.

Life abroad in places like Asia are far more fascinating, dynamic, and fun!

For example in America, you’re essentially trapped in a car all day, or stuck in suburban archipelagos. Even SF or NYC — you’re stuck in the subway, an Uber, etc.

Asia, like being here in Phnom Penh — so much more fun and dynamic! The people are more open, friendly, curious and engaging. Americans tend too shy, or often stand-offish.

If I had the option, I’d prefer to live long-term in Phnom Penh Cambodia over anywhere in the states.

What do you want from life?

For me, my personal interest:

To live a maximally fun, dynamic, and interesting life.

Also to maximize my ability for turbo thoughts.

Being abroad allows me to do this.

For example, being able to firsthandedly witness the Chinese influence here is very interesting from a global capitalism perspective. And it isn’t scary — my thoughts:

Globalism isn’t going to be about war, it will just be all about wealth-accumulation and capital-accumulation of all rich oligarchs and individuals.

No way I could have had this thought if I were back stateside.

And another thing:

You must witness it first handedly.

Even the closest thing I can personally do to share my experiences is a GoPro ultra wide lens, but to witness it first hand — your mind will be blown. Mine was.

Phnom Penh Travel vlogs — never boring.

Expanding your mind

Close minded vs open minded. Which do you prefer?

I prefer being open minded.

Why be open minded? You make your mind more powerful. To close your mind actually limits you in a bad way.

Assuming we want to become wiser, more intelligent, and more powerful, opening your mind is the way.

By traveling and experiencing new places can only open your mind.

Digital nomad?

It seems the new millennial thing is the whole “digital nomad” thing. But after COVID, this dream has died down a bit.

However, for me, the ideal I have is having the ability to live freely. To not be restricted. Not bei
Thoughts on Phnom Penh Cambodia: Travel VLOG ERIC KIM Life update from Phnom Penh &gt;&gt;
How to Move the World with Photography How to Move the World with Photography

For myself, I personally desire to use photography as a form of leverage to change and move the world.

Naive is good

The world-weary say--

To attempt to change the world and move the world is vain.

I say --

Even if your photos can change the heart or soul of 1 other human being on planet earth, it is all worth it.

Lever it.

As I said prior in my 'photography leverage' post, I believe that your #1 strength (photography) can indeed change and shift the world.

Why? Photos are a universal language. It don't matter if you speak Korean, Khmer, Vietnamese, Spanish, English, etc -- everyone can look at a photo and understand it. Even Seneca looks at books of photos with kids and can imitate and mimic the expressions of the kids in the photos.

Why photography?

Still in today's hyper-modern world, I don't know if people truly understand the power of photography.

Consider photography -- the uber-immediate visual impact you get from photos. Also, imputing your soul into your photos. Whenever anyone looks at a photo by you, they can see you.

Pix or it didn't happen

Also with photography, it is a form of proof. Shooting photos or videos (videos are just moving photos), you have better 'proof' of your existence, what you do, etc.

Perhaps everyone should strive to become an 'influencer'

My funny heuristic:

If someone calls themselves an 'influencer', they are not influential.

But what does it mean to be 'influential'? I think a more interesting idea:

Influential means things that flows out of you (flex).

Thus as a photographer, if images flow out of you, you are an 'influential' photographer. Once again, our rule:

If we publish one photo, or one thing, which even has a .00001% chance of influencing another human being on planet earth (out of 7+ billion), it is worth it.

What drives me?

What drives me and what drives you?

For me, I believe it is a hunger for adventure. Even photography is just a shortcut for adventure.

Currently here in Phnom Penh Cambodia, and I love it! It is like a low-key Hanoi-- with lots of 'up and coming' developments, and the economy is on the up and up. To be able to witness these things firsthand, make photos is one of the greatest joys of existence.

I am glad I was born

As much as we may sometimes bemoan existence and the scars of our past, I believe --

I am (very) glad I was born.

Why? The joy of existence is being able to explore the world, have kids, make art, and also having the ability to impact and influence the lives of others.

For example the power of a blog, or an email newsletter. Being able to reach thousands of folks from all around the globe. I have started to realize more and more, the best way to maximize your reach as a photographer isn't through social media, or even YouTube -- it is through your own blog, your own podcast, your own email newsletter. The trifecta.

You are the full-stack human

Something else I believe in:

Don't just pigeon-hole yourself into photography-- share it all.
How to Gain More Pride in Your Photography The secret to self motivation in photography
Intermittent Fasting to Become Stronger STRENGTH IS THE GOAL.
How to Maximize Your Leverages Move your world:
How to Market Yourself as a Photographer How to Market Yourself in Photography

Whether we like it or not, marketing works. It works on us, it works on nerds, it works on everybody.

In fact, the whole capitalist society and system we have is based on aspirational modes of thought.

For example with cameras, the aspiration is that we will become more creative, make better images, and become more inspired.

With cars, the aspiration is that we will live a happier life, a more sexy life, and a more adventurous life.

So how should we apply this to photography?

Becoming in photography

The first thought I have is that when it comes to marketing, it is an aspirational thing. To become more.

For example, if you are a photography teacher, the emphasis should be on helping people become more inspired, more created, more motivated.

If you’re a portrait photographer, wedding photographer commercial photographer, etc., then the focus is this; become more beautiful, look more professional in order to close more deals, gain more followers and likes, become the envy of your friends, etc.

Buy it for the marketing, not the thing

Perhaps it is easier to just shop online, read the marketing copy, and if the marketing copy accords with your core values, just buy it. For example, I got these Lululemon license to train shorts, and I got drawn into it because the marketing copy said that it was abrasion resistant. In accordance with my value of wanting some shorts, that were insanely durable, which could maybe last me at least 10 years.

What is your desired end goal?

If you’re a photographer, and photography is your passion, I assume that your end goal is to go out and make more photos. To become more inspired, to see more photo opportunities, and to shoot more photos that you are proud of.

And then if this is your actual goal, what you should be doing is traveling more, going on more embodied reality adventures, attending more workshops, attending classes, buying photography books.

Often the problem is that we feel unmotivated in our photography, and we mindlessly scroll through these camera equipment websites, gear review websites, and camera rumor websites, looking for that new perfect camera that will satisfy our every single desire.

I know personally speaking, the one camera one lens to have is the Ricoh GR 3IIIx. Why? Is the newest digital RICOH GR camera, and it could always fit in your front right pocket. Now you have no excuse to never shoot. Beyond this, I find all camera equipment superfluous.

How do you desire other people to perceive you as a photographer?

I say don’t sell yourself short. Better to over emphasize and over exaggerate yourself, than make yourself too small.

Some thoughts:

Don’t call yourself a photographer, call yourself a visual artist. Or just call yourself an artist.
Craft your own life narrative, and speak in the first person. Don’t speak in the third person, as it is overly terse, and disingenuous.
And ironically enough, the fewer the accolades you show, the better. Whenever I see a photographer with too many accolades, it signals lack of self-confidence. Like Cleon said, when somebody asks “Why don’t they have a statue of you?” He said that it is better for somebody to ask why there is not a statue of you, than why there is a statue of you.
Emphasize how your photography, or your skills will benefit the other. Typically, if you are a commercial photographer, do you want to make the people seem more beautiful, more happy, and more attractive. Also maybe the idea is to create motivational images. And actually the goal should be to make the photos of the thing look more attractive than the thing in real l
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