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Inspiration From Our Team

Updated: Jul 26, 2019


By: Mikaela Gibson


Getting “in your zone”, refusing to make excuses and making time for what you need to get done, is the key to staying not only motivated but inspired to bring new concepts and ideas to your work.

Here at OTLM we all, for the most part, work separately, each contributing to the bigger picture with what we specialize in. For example, Owen deals with our publications and the business aspect of the company as he has a passion for business and is very good at what he does. While Brayden keeps everything in check and together, working so hard behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly.


We all have our place in OTLM in what we are good at and thrive in. What’s unique about our team is how was all come together at the end of the day and paint this lovely picture, utilizing all of our resources and talents. But sometimes, things happen and more effort and work needs to be done to complete the picture, which is why today we’re counting down a few wise words of motivation from our team, to hopefully help or motivate anyone looking to complete their picture.



Brad Harkes: “ I’ve learned that I need to take “I’m too tired” out of my vocabulary because everyone is tired all the time. You need to do the things you have to do, even when you don’t want to or if you’re “too tired”.


Brad’s wisdom is great in many ways. It shines a light on procrastination that many feel and struggle with on a day-to-day basis. Everyone is tired. All the time, it’s up to you to get up, smile and go along with your day. Everyone. Is. Tired. (Mostly!)



Jill Schalk: “ Learning how to march to the beat of my own drum. I used to get so worked up about keeping up with everyone and not “falling behind”. But I’ve learned not to compare myself to anyone else. I’m only in the race with myself.”

Comparing yourself to the people who surround you with their personal successes and strives will get you nowhere. If you want results, you’re going to have to work for them. It may take time and you may fall behind, but as Jill said, you’re only in the race with yourself. There is no rush.



Owen Baier: “Happiness is the only thing that matters at the end of the day. Input = Output.”

One of the oldest sayings around, yet still relevant today. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing or who you are, you’re either going to have to accept it and move on or make the change, take the initiative and become what you want to be or do what you want to do. You only have one life, make it your own.



Brad Harkes: “When you don’t know what you want to do with your life, that doesn’t mean you stand stagnant. You gotta weigh out the pros and the cons to commit to something for a bit. Worst-case scenario you know it’s something you don’t want to get into.”

Another quote from Brad, but one many need to hear. Similar to Owens insight, happiness at the end of the day is all that matters. If cutting out the cons, and dropping the well-paid job to opt for the job you desire that doesn’t pay as well as what you have to do to be happy than do it. You need to consider all your options when making a decision, of course, which is why it’s important to do as Brad said and weigh out the pros and cons.



Brayden Gingrich: "To achieve what you want in life, you must set goals, and prioritize those achievements over anything else."

Along with this quote, Brayden loves to emphasize the importance of treating others the way you would like to be treated, which is also a great piece of advice that should be used in every aspect of life. But aside from that, setting goals and prioritizing the achievements you wish to receive is the key to getting the most, if not everything you want out of your life!


Mikaela Gibson: "Follow your heart, and trust your instincts."

Following what you truly want to do at the end of the day and listening to the little voice in your head or that "Gut feeling" is one of the biggest things I have learned throughout the past couple of years!


A few notes from Brayden - "When I started Off The Lens, I put business over everything. My coach, mentor and close friend Chris Kurz pushes me constantly to ensure business is handled before anything else in my life. Prioritize the things you care about, and great things will happen!


"Trust in the process." - Chis Kurz



We hope this blog has shed some light on the much-needed motivation some of our readers may have felt they needed. At the end of the day, your personal happiness and decisions towards reaching that happiness is all that matters. You have to take the initiative, and do what you need to do.


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