Why I chose to become a podcast host

As some of you may know, my original (photography) business name was Daniel K Cheung. Not the most creative since it is my name but very effective. Needing to move to Singapore in the near future I began scaling my operations, hiring staff, and being less visible at the ‘front office’. This is where things started to unravel. But it was early days and cashflow was healthy and referrals continued to come through.

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Growing up by Macklemore

I quickly pulled into the servo station. The final chorus was playing and there were seconds remaining. I don’t usually listen to commercial radio when I drive. I find the discussions and most pop songs to be irritating. Instead, I plug in my earphones and listen to podcasts. But I was very thankful that I happened to have the radio turned on today.

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My greatest fear

For months I had been living on a short runway but somehow I managed to keep funds coming in. Small amounts from either doing small jobs for others or from selling assets. But after a while, I ran out of assets to sell and the small jobs were infrequent. From having $60,000 saved up in the bank in 2013, I now had a bank balance of less than $1,000 and credit card debt of almost $9,000. I was broke.

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Why are you on social media?

Dear business owner, I have a question for you. Are you on Facebook? Are you on Instagram? Are you on Pinterest? Are you on Tumblr? Are you on Twitter? Are you on Snapchat? Are you on WeChat? Now take a second and think about the following question. Can you tell me … why?

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Is it ok to say no to a client?

I love to please. Chances are that you are similar. It hurts us deeply when we disappoint others, especially our clients. We feel as though we have failed them. In my career as a wedding photographer, I have agreed to many things that I should not have. I have signed on clients that caused me endless stress. I have compromised on my price without lowering my overheads. I have taken on responsibilities that were beyond my capacity. I regretted each decision, both financially, emotionally, and time-wise. I should have said no.

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