Let it go. My Self-Awareness lesson.
So, it happened again. Yep. And this time I got mad and thought I’d write about it. And the worst part is it affects YOU. Yes, YOU the viewer/reader of this blog because it involves some of the most incredible jobs you will NEVER get to see. That’s right – NEVER get to see.
This is for all of you who have tasted glory and held it in your hands, only to have it snatched from your grasp by some evil creature with nasty talons. I am not going to name names here but there have been several in the last year and a half. We have done some really spectacular scaffold and shoring jobs throughout the tri-state area that would have won awards, made magazine covers, set industry eyes ablaze, and given some recognition to the scaffold builders who’s hard work and creativity made them possible.
But no. This is what you get to see.
All because someone got mad or asked for too many free items and then decided to shut down marketing access to an incredible project. So anyway, this is just one example where one person’s push hurts everyone. Because if you analyze the impact of what they lose; it could be huge.
This blog is read worldwide.
And not only that, the content is often picked up by several awesome publications that then put the word out to an even larger audience. The exposure for the companies involved grows exponentially, and it’s at no cost to them. So why on earth wouldn’t you want your super, awesome, incredible, one of a kind job broadcast virally all over the place?
This is where I get frustrated. I risk life and limb hanging in precarious places all to bring you guys new and unique angles and shots of interesting scaffolding, shoring, swings stages, and more. And I totally get the proprietary aspect of a new technology or a technique that hasn’t been shown to the world and I respect that. But to shut down showing YOU awesome photos just because one person has a bug up his butt doesn’t seem very cool.
So, as I typed this article thinking I would just get this off my chest and let the administrators at these companies know that we would love to use material for their jobs sites and what a benefit it would be for them – it hit me like a ton of bricks. This little rant has nothing to do with these companies who don’t want to give us permission to use my photos of their jobs.
This post really has to do with me. Yup.
And as I sit here thinking about it – it has to do with my inability to let things go. I have a tiny little problem. I am now becoming keenly aware that I try to control things that are simply uncontrollable. Oh boy. And as I become more mindful I see it is actually part of a larger problem that has cost me relationships and caused massive heartache and stress.
I have always tried to make things better even when they can never be that way. Instead, I need to be happy with what I DO have and not what could be, even when it comes to jobsite photos. This realization has come at a cost. But I guess better seen than never realized.
So, for all of you who are like me and find yourself frustrated at things that you simply just can’t control, maybe it’s time to step back, take a deep breath and start learning to let things go. You can’t control the past or the future only the now. And you certainly can’t control other people and their actions. So let it go. I’m working on it.
And hey, back to the original theme, this isn’t the norm. Most of our clients are so freaking cool that they love to see their work featured on the blog and in magazines. So to them, thank you!!! And keep up the good work. And to those who won’t give us approval to talk about your super awesome, cool, one of a kind job, well, that’s your choice and your loss.
I just have to let it go. I think I just did.
And I’ll probably get a cease and desist from Disney for placing this into the blog.
Woo hoo. Bring it – because I’ll just “let it go”.
And I have to thank Shawn MacDonald at Superior for the idea of this vent/rant/self realization. And to my boss, Guy, for pointing out my doggedness when it comes to letting things go. Thanks fellas!