My guest this week is Greg Patterson, owner of GP's Photography. Greg has been an entrepreneur for more than a decade, and has done family's pictures for my family, many of our mutual friends, families, coworkers and more. I have known Greg for nearly twenty years and have been interested in the entrepreneurial route his life has taken. Greg never took the safe route. He has always known his career path would follow a different route, but how he got to where he is now is the really interesting part of his story.
One of the things I have always appreciated about Greg is that he never sugar coats what his life is really like as a business owner. He tells the good things, like having the flexibility to have lunch at home with his family whenever he wants. But he always mentions the difficult side of owning a business as well. The late nights and long weekends. Being booked solid every weekend from April through August during the wedding season. Not knowing where his next paycheck would be coming from. These are the challenges and sacrifices and trade offs that every business owner makes, and Greg is brutally honest about how they challenge him. It's refreshing to hear this kind of honesty from someone who faces these challenges every day and still decides that entrepreneurship is the path for him.
Greg says in this interview that as a photographer, he captures life. I'm glad I captured this little piece of his life and I'm happy to share it with you now.
Or drop by his studio! Located in the Delano District near downtown Wichita, KS.
1504 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67203
4:30 Introduction to Greg and GP's Photography
5:40 Why did Greg decide to pursue entrepreneurship?
8:00 What was Greg's first professional job and how did he get his big break?
14:30 What was it like when you left your full time job to be an entrepreneur full time?
17:40 How does Greg handle the uncertainty of not knowing what he will get paid?
20:50 What does Greg's daily schedule look like?
22:45 What is one thing he wishes he had done differently?
24:20 What is one thing he did right?
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