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    Yesterday's Guest Blog post from Ali was everything that the Guest Blog day is all about----taking the day---making it your own----touching us, inspiring us, and teaching us. Ali did all three (as I knew he would). Thank you Ali for sharing a side of your beautiful country we rarely see. Yesterday you made thousands of Americans view Iran in a new light, and one day I hope we're there as guests to photograph it with you, and to shake your hand in person. -Scott P.S. When my Lightroom 3 book, and my Photoshop CS5 book come out, I'm shipping you a box of each for you, your fellow teachers, and your students.

    Let me start my blog with the name of GOD. First and most, I want to thank Scott who gave me this chance to show up here today. Hi, I am Ali Rajabi, 29 From Tehran, Iran. Photographer and Photoshop Instructor. Before I go to the main story of my blog, I'd like to mention that Photoshop World Conference and Expo 2010 was not just simply a memorable experience for me but basically that was the first step to realize my dream. Something I'd been waiting for for a long time. I ultimately happened to meet those who I used to see just on the internet. In the next step, it was a new start point to fly high in the Photoshop and Photography world. I'm always Thirsty about learning and trying hard, I hope one day I will instruct in this huge event.…

    .....well known to many folks who attended the Orlando Photoshop World Conference earlier this year, and to those who keep up with the conference goings-on here on the blog. It's Iranian Photoshop expert and educator Ali Rajabi. I wrote about meeting Ali at the conference earlier this year, and what a great guy he was (and his fascinating story about how he wound up getting approved to visit the US to attend the conference). Lots of readers mentioned he'd make a great guest blogger, and not only did I agree, but tomorrow he's here as my very special guest. If you're not familiar with Ali's story, please take a moment to read about him, and how we met, right here, and then make sure you're here tomorrow to welcome him, and make him feel at home. Let me be the first in saying, "Welcome…

    photo by Scott Kelby
    photo by Scott Kelby

    The Secret of Being Lucky

    Last time I wrote a guest spot for the blog a couple years back, I had fun giving folks a peek behind the scenes to meet the Photoshop Guys from a different perspective, so when Brad asked me to write up a guest blog post for Scott’s blog, I asked him what he wanted me to write about. He said, “Whatever you want.” Since I have my own blog, I already have an outlet for writing about stuff that interests me, like small business, marketing, freelancing, photography (from a budget-minded perspective) plus some gadget stuff. So I asked Brad once again, “Do you think I should write about one of those topic areas.” True to his job of not influencing the topic, Brad offered no help. I was on my own. Now, when I consider the guest blogs I enjoy reading the most, I really like the ones that inspire me. The brilliant photographers sharing insights and images.

    My portfolio pales in comparison, so I won’t be inspiring you with images. Instead, I want to talk about something I have experienced myself dozens of times over the years and one of my favorite insights I’ve written about on my blog. (But I’ll still share some of my images anyway.)

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    Some people believe in luck. More precisely, they believe that your thought processes alone can create luck. (There may be “pure” luck in very rare circumstances, but that’s not what I’m talking about here.) They suggest that if you wish for something hard enough… if you just imagine that it really will happen and you even live your life as though you expect this lucky thing will definitely happen, then almost magically, through the ‘Law of Attraction’ you will receive the great things you’ve wished for. There was a book and a movie all about this philosophy a few years back called “The Secret,” and it was a best seller and a huge hit. Oprah raved about it! — I just happen to think the entire premise is misleading at best.

    Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely believe in luck and good fortune. But I don’t believe the ‘Law of Attraction’ works in isolation from preparation and work (usually hard work). You have to get off your butt and do something. You have to be prepared for “luck.” Sure, I believe that your strong desire for something to happen can certainly help clear the path for your wishes or dreams to come true, but the philosophy offered in The Secret is only half of the formula and it’s the easy, compelling half. It sells a lot of books if you just tell people that, all you have to do to be rich or successful or find your soul mate is to simply wish for it the right way, and wish really hard. Unfortunately you never hear about the other half of the formula. The part where people have to work hard to be ready for opportunities that present themselves. Having the right mindset surely helps, but preparation is critical too. I’ll give you a real-world example.

    “Every child is an artist. The problem is…how to remain an artist once he grows up.” --Pablo Picasso I am frequently asked what were the events that lead to me becoming a photographer. As is always the case, it began at the beginning. It started with my very first childhood portrait session. You see, I have a confession to make. I was the Gerber baby. Those five words are perhaps the hardest words in the world for me to write, let alone tell someone. Being the Gerber baby is an event that has flavored everything that’s ever happened to me in the past fifty years. A day does not go by that I’m not affected by it. For example, take creamed spinach. Whenever I go out to dinner and on the plate is a mound of cream and green… spinach, I have wholesomeness flashbacks.…

    ....that's right, it's the man who came up with the whole idea of "Guest Blog Wednesday" and who in fact wrote the very first guest blog for me ever, Mr. Vincent Versace. For over a 50th of a century here at The Photoshop Insider, it's been a tradition to have "Vinny" do the anniversary guest blog. Tomorrow's anniversary post marks his third, and it's not only an honor to have him here, but I also owe him a debt of gratitude for coming up with something that has grown far beyond what I had hoped for, and helped and touched so many people along the way. I invite you to join Vincent here tomorrow. His posts are always insightful, entertaining, and inspiring, and you don't want to miss it.

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