We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron Daniels and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aaron, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Every time I felt scared to make a change in my business and life, I decided to hop in head first. People don’t realize how easy it is to get trapped into paralysis by over analyzing situations. To counter that I’ve tried to create a habit of jumping in full speed whenever it makes sense, regardless of the anxiety that comes with the decision. Taking big risks has forced me to perform at new and higher levels.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
From the outside, most people know me as a videographer and the owner of Colored Pictures Studios, but my clients, friends, and family know me as much more. Not only do I run a viable video business, I also am a licensed independent financial advisor/insurance broker. The hardest part of managing both businesses has been finding a balance between the two. For context, at the start of the pandemic I quit my job as a W2 employed financial advisor and moved from Missouri to Arizona in May of 2020. I saw quarantine as an opportunity to shake things up. It was an enormous pause which allowed me to accomplish my goal of moving here with little stress and also the creative space to freelance in video during a time where digital video became a necessity.
In the meantime I had been setting up the contracts for my very own independent financial practice. Having two businesses in the startup phase is not easy. I’ve been able to streamline my marketing efforts towards business owners who need both financial/insurance services and video content production. For me, it kills two birds with one stone, and it gives me the opportunity to have deeper relationships with the individuals that I work with. At times I feared for my family’s well being, being the sole income earner of my household, taking a huge risk, and not being sure of what was to come. However, I’ve learned that when you have pure intentions and you work hard most of everything takes care of itself. It’s been a year since I made those radical changes, but it feels like I never lost stride, and I’m growing faster than ever.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m into nature and fitness so we would for sure be hiking all week! I’m definitely taking them to the top of Camelback. Hands down, it has the best views of the city. And even though it isn’t Phoenix, I would have to take them up to Sedona. It’s something about that place that cleanses the soul. I love it there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to Grant Cardone. His book “The 10x Rule” changed a lot for me. I was too patient when it came to business and after listening to the audio version of that book I became a practitioner of what I was learning. I started to make some real money.