We don’t always LOVE our job, and many of us long for something more – that True Calling. But, what if we paused, took a deep breath, and changed our focus on the opportunities our current position affords us?
Although the modern work world can be challenging, it is also a world of opportunity. We have the tools and capabilities to find and/or create work that fulfills us and gets us excited about each day.
Meet Kibru Senbetta. He immigrated from Ethiopia to the United States in 1987 at the age of 17. I met him in the mid 1990’s while at Purdue University. We hung out in Blues clubs or shot pool. He was the kind of guy where the room would light up when he walked in. Friends were always eager for him to join in.
Fast forward and old college friends are scattered around the states or at least tied up with families and career.
Kibru has been working in the concert/entertainment industry as a Video Control (Production and Systems)Engineer for the past 17 years. He’s been in charge of video imagery for the live concert tours of musical artists like; Allan Jackson, Tim McGraw, the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crowe, Destiny’s Child, Lionel Richie, Barbara Streisand, Louis Miguel, Metallica, Josh Groban and has worked with Jimmy Buffet for the last 13 years and counting.
Kibru’s job also allows him to explore his first passion, photography.
Kibru has been taking photographs for as long as he can remember but,” They always ended up in drawers or shoeboxes.” he says. One day his wife, Naomi, of 8 years asked him why? Expressing the “thought provoking feelings” his images sparked, Naomi asked “Why aren’t you sharing these photographs?”
Kibru didn’t have an answer.
He didn’t have confidence in his photography at the time, worried “will people like it.” His gift – to grab a moment – maybe wouldn’t have been shared if it weren’t for his wife, who he says “saw my interest and encouraged me”.
Kibru believes that ” Surrounding yourself with supportive partner, family, friends can open the lid to your passion, and be the logs of confidence to set fire to your passion”. He’s right to say “When you have the confidence, the sky’s the limit!”
Kibru loves his job, “I travel the world, get to know other cultures and walks of life while gaining an appreciation that it’s one world! We all have the same world”
Evidence of that – his eye for truth – is clear in Kibru’s photography and his passion can be measured simply, “If I can provide a moment of peace – a break in the mind – then that’s my success.”
I encourage you to look at your current job – some of your likes and dislikes of what you do each day. You may see the extent to which life would improve doing work you love.
We’re scared sometimes, and have little to no understanding of our ability to walk away from a particular job or career. But, each of has the power to try working in different industries, reinvent our careers and seek work that we find personally and financially satisfying. Work should be a positive influence in your life (and those of others) rather than a drain.
Please enjoy the visual journey of Kibru Senbetta Studio