We had the good fortune of connecting with Alec Lincoln and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alec, how do you think about risk?
I tend to live by the belief that without risk, you’ll never be able to achieve your fullest potential. We only have a short amount of time on Earth and it would be a shame to not see you attempt or become the man or woman you were put on Earth to become. How you take risks is the difference between failed and successful businesses. I’m currently an accelerated junior at Grand Canyon University college and have been running my creative content company for over 4 years. During my first year of college, I was offered an opportunity to be the assistant photographer for a company shooting a Nike ad. I got a cold call email at 5 pm that night offering a large pay and asking me to drive an hour to a location the next morning. Considering the fact that I had no experience filling out legal forms, didn’t have a car, no printer to print the legal forms, and 2 classes the next morning, this all felt like too much to deal with in such late notice. With such a small following at the time and the company saying they found me through instagram hashtags, it also felt too good to be true and I honestly felt like it could’ve been a scam. But what did I have to lose? Many things that we might think are risky are just our minds talking ourselves out of putting in the work. It was going to be a lot to do and plan in such a short time, but when thought through, I didn’t have much to lose by going through with it. Many people neglect what is necessary to grow a business because they aren’t willing to put in the work. Sometimes taking the extra time to do the research, pracitice your skill, or improve yourself is the sole difference between a risk and a smart business decision. That night, I somehow got some help filling out legal forms, a ride there and back, and organized everything. It turned out to be one of my favorite jobs to date and it was all because I decided to take the step forward and not only take the opportunity that arose, but rose to the occasion and made it work. The biggest risk people need to overcome isn’t the risk of losing money, or losing followers, it’s the risk of failure. Many people will not pursue further action when confronted with the thought of failure, but overcoming this will allow you to grow at a much faster pace than others, fail forward. Without failure you can never create a successful business, a successful relationship, or a successful life, we must learn and grow. Failing forward is the mindset of not basing your worth off of a failure, but learning from it and continuing onward. When risk is calculated and done properly for your business, it will work for you more than you think. We cannot wait for the world to set into our hands the perfect business, the perfect time, or anything at all. But we must forge our own way by hard work and risk. And if it doesn’t work out? Your attempt is infinitely better than anyone else watching from the sidelines who never even started, I would rather live my life as an “oh well” than a “what if.”
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been a professional videographer/photographer for over 4 years and what sets me apart from others is my creativity. For example, for the entire year of 2021 I made a unique photoshop edit every single day and ended up creating 380+ in that entire year. I also have a very different way of looking at the world compared to other creatives which allows me to get a unique eye on things and add my own creativity. I’ve been able to get where I am today by honestly deciding that I want to become a better person and striving to do that every day. My drive to succeed and follow my passions is one of the main driving forces that allows me to get up every morning and want to go work. One of the main lessons that I’ve learned is that motivation is not sufficient alone, but must be backed by a sense of discipline in order to get to where you want to go. If following your dreams and going against the grain was easy, everyone would do it. I am an extremely passionate storyteller and I know that my stories and talents have the ability to spark real and genuine change in the communities around me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live on 16 acres of property so the first thing I would do is go exploring in my backyard, We have a slack line and a seemingly endless forest to explore. When it gets warm outside I would take them to a hidden rope swing in my hometown and go swimming in the river. After that, we would venture downtown and explore some of the sights and waterfronts. Italian food is one of my favorite meals so I would take them to an Italian restaurant for lunch, I would introduce them to all of my close friends back home and go on all sorts of hikes in the area, and of course, swimming. I love getting into the outdoors and exploring so most of the activities I would do involve going and exploring. Then we would grab dinner and head to some beautiful lookout spots where we could see the entire city and watch the sunset.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to my family for supporting me and my dreams as well as my close friends who are always there to listen to give a helping hand when I need one.
group photo and Hawaii photo by Katie Potter