Even bad advice can be valuable – “You need to stop spending time in the mountains, and focus on building a career. You will never earn a living with that off-road stuff.” I was in my late twenties when I received that nugget of wisdom, from none other than my father. On the surface it’s not all that impractical; but pragmatism should be applied to strategy, not the dream itself. Hundreds of thousands of miles, thousands of photographs, hundreds of articles, dozens of adventure-industry clients, and five years as a designer/author at a certain premium publication later it’s clear I took that advice to heart…just not as he intended. The doubters and “haters” in this world love to share their unsolicited advice, masked as the gift of some rare gem that might spare you from a life of poverty. More often than not, hidden beneath that mask is a bitter envy and a desire to keep you stuck at their level. Harness all that negative energy and use it as motivation to make shit happen. Turn your dreams into goals, and lay out a plan to make them a reality. Everyone that is successful today was dumb enough to try yesterday.… Unsolicited
A New Direction – It’s been an interesting few years, to say the least. I’ve watched as the dividing lines between my work in design, photography, and travel/gear blurred into obscurity. Oh, Enfluence still continues to draw in clients of it’s own, but the vast majority of new business has come either from personal introductions or articles I’ve published. The situation was forced to light late last year, when a prospect I was courting spent more time flipping through my articles on Expedition Portal than my design portfolio. Ultimately, it was the hands-on involvement in the industry demonstrated by those articles that qualified me over the competition and landed the project. And so, it’s time to put all of my creative offerings under one roof: I’m proud to introduce the new Layne Pro »… Layne Pro