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Back in the Graphic Design Game: Blakley's Return to Civilization

By Josh Blakley | 08/21/17

Turns out that surviving a new job after not having any responsibilities while on the Pacific Crest Trail for around two months isn’t that difficult. Well, I should say responsibilities of the real world like: getting up at a specific time, not being late, getting gas, driving to work, clocking in and out. Things like that. 

When I got back I saw Corey, owner of Seejepp, posted an ad on Facebook saying he is looking to hire a new graphic designer in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. This was the perfect opportunity for me. I just got back and needed a job. I know the Seejepp team from going to college with them, so I went for it. I gathered my portfolio, made a resume in just a day and applied for the position. I was pretty determined to get my act together to help support my family. 

Corey emailed me back later that day and asked if I could come in for an interview the next day. I casually replied and the interview was booked. It was when my girlfriend and I were on our way to some good ol’ Idaho camping that Corey called me and offered me the job. I was ecstatic to say,

“I would love to work with you guys!” 

I was hired for not only the design position but photography as well which is super exciting because now I get to do two things I love.

It’s been about two months since joining the Seejepp team and it has been nothing but great. Corey’s biggest thing is making sure all of us are adding value. It’s motivational to see such a dedicated person that genuinely wants to build other peoples' brands and businesses, not just for the money but I think he truly enjoys seeing other people being successful. 

It’s been a bit of a learning curve learning how the Seejepp team operates and handles everyday tasks. What new job isn’t a learning curve though? I feel right at home with all these guys nonetheless.

I have already gotten to do three photoshoots with awesome clients downtown Coeur d’ Alene and even one in Spokane, WA. Wonder Woman themed jewelry shoot, soaps and real estate are a few examples of the array of projects and clients I get to work with at Seejepp.

It’s a sweet location right downtown Coeur d’ Alene. Right next to coffee shops, food places and best of all, Tubbs Hill. Aside from the local perks, I have learned quite a bit from these talented guys. Shameless plug: I apply these tactics I learn at Seejepp to my own blog, Many great things are ahead for the Seejepp team and I am glad to be apart of it. 

How Big is Your Brand?

By Jacob Myong | 08/14/17

I remember meeting a restaurant owner few years back. They were on Government Way, and had been there for 10 years or so. Of course they had a name and signage, but no identity. I forget the name even now. I left the meeting after verifying three times that they didn't want to grow. I didn't understand... couldn't understand. When I asked "why are you in business if you're not prepared to grow and don't even want to grow?",  the answer was that they make enough to pay the bills, have a few luxuries, and it's enough "not to work too many hours".

I guess I do understand where they're coming from. I can only imagine that they spent a whole lot of time early in life, working a ton of hours for an ungrateful company that undervalued their employees and saw them as an expense, not human beings with a multitude of value. So now they were content to semi-retire in their late 40's/ early 50's as owners of a restaurant... just "doing enough".

Doing something half way and settling for things has always irked me. Even if someone fails at something that is monumental, I think there is beauty in that failure if the passion and belief in oneself is evident. How does the cliche go? It's better to try and to fail, than to never try at all... (because fear of failure is lame). We have one physical life here on Earth, as far as I know. If you're going to act on a dream, an idea, a vision of a future where you are proud and grateful beyond words - why not give it your all, your very best? Surprise yourself and become the person you admired the most as a kid.

As Corey Jeppesen says in the video below, it matters. There have been many times where I, or he, or we were chosen for a project over other competitors. I've asked myself over and over, why me or why us? Some people just have "it", which is impossible to describe. You can use words like synergy, aura, sincerity, vibe... and it's just a feeling you get about someone or a group of people that is hard to pinpoint but they stand out from "the others". If you can identify and engage the ones who have the "it", you increase your chances of exceeding what you set out to do. No one can just do it on their own.

If you allow someone else to do what they do best and focus on your strengths, I have no doubt that things will change significantly. If you're someone who doesn't want to grow, then I would recommend selling the business. If you're like me, and have tried to do everything on your own and failed miserably, rethink your strategy.

I'm not sure if they use the term "nature vs. nurture" in high school these days, but that debate and what stems from its initial question has alway fascinated me. Do you feel that some people seem like they're born to influence, educate, affect, and improve others? What I do know is that every person I've met or worked with who can own the stage without a moment's notice has never ever told me it was easy. Almost every person I asked said they were or still are terrified of getting in from of people or the camera. Most will use this anxiety or nervousness as fuel.

There is a chiropractor in CDA who has the charisma and the visible passion for what he does, but continues to set himself further apart and memorable as an expert in wellness and health by consistency and action. The same things I've discussed with Corey Jeppesen countless times.

I've come to respect Ryan Sousley tremendously, and he gave me some advice about hiring. He said I should hire and build a team based on a person's weaknesses, not their strengths. I can write a whole page about that, but the point is, I got what he was saying. I saw the value in his advice. Everyone I know has something to teach me.  There is something that you can do, much better, more beautifully, and more efficiently than I can ever do. If I can remind myself of that everyday, I believe that I will continue to grow. And if you can apply this concept in your own way, I think it will be a key element in the growth of your business - and of you, the person who wants to be a little better tomorrow than today.

My Client Meeting Etiquette and Note Taking

By Corey Jeppesen | 05/26/17

One of my favorite things I get to do in my role here at Seejepp are client meetings. I love the interaction, the relationship and the collective brainstorming that happens with clients. 

Meeting notes are essential. I never fully trust my memory to capture and retain a great idea, client input or instruction, so I will always write it down. Most of the time, I purposely leave my laptop at the office and come equipped only with my pen and notebook. I feel a laptop can subconsciously create a barrier between you and the client. It's important to me that the client always feels that they have my attention. A notebook is also unobtrusive, open and communicates to your client that you are care enough to write it down. 

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