What Elvis Presley Taught Me About Running a Landscape Design Firm in 2012

Happy New Year!

As is tradition, MJ’s mom came down from Massachusetts for Christmas. Since sitting in the living room staring at each other is only fun for so long, we did the tourist thing and went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. If you haven’t been, you really need to go. It’s a gorgeous museum and the collections are fantastic.

While we were there we caught a special traveling exhibit called “Elvis at 21.” It’s a series of photographs shot by Alfred Wertheimer in 1956. Wertheimer was given the job of following this rising star around and capturing performances as well as candid moments. There are some amazing photographs of Elvis backstage, chatting up young girls, and hanging out with family and old friends, but there was one photo in particular that rocked my world:

Source: Smithsonian National Gallery (click to visit site)

This picture was taken during a performance in Memphis and for me, it captures an important point that gets lost in the hustle and bustle of running a small business: it’s all about the moment of creation. Everything else is just in support of that moment.

I sat on a bench and drank in that photo while MJ and her mom worked their way around the exhibit. I grew up as a band geek so I’m familiar with the rush of performance, and performance is creation. It’s what I do as a designer, it’s just that my “moment” comes when I’m working in my office. I’ve lamented the fact that as a business owner there are so many things besides design vying for my attention in a day; this year I need to structure my business to maximize my time spent creating.

To keep my focus on the design and creation I’ve started a daily feature on my Facebook page (are you a fan? It’s just one click!). It’s called 366 Days of Landscape Design Resolutions, and each day I’ll include something that is either inspiring me or adding to my bag of tricks.

Happy New Year, and I look forward to sharing some creative designs with you this year!

David Marciniak

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Matt - January 3, 2012 Reply

Nice site! I’ve been struggling to come up with compelling content for a landscaper blog; it looks like you’re having some sucess in that regard!

Good posts and I love the use of the blog as your main site. Good luck this year!

    admin - January 3, 2012 Reply

    Thanks Matt! There are some changes coming to the site in the next few weeks, but the blog is remaining a key part. Good luck in 2012!

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