We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
One of my favorite books is “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell. In a nutshell, the book focuses on various individuals or groups who have achieved the highest level of success in their given industry (e.g. Bill Gates in Tech, Henry Cowell in Music, Bill Joy in Engineering, etc). Gladwell then poses a simple question: “What makes high-achievers different”? He goes on to suggest “there is something profoundly wrong with the way we make sense of success,” and that there are several “hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities” that play a critical role. Growing up I’ve always thought an individual’s success is predominately correlated to their individual merits; whether that be an athletic skill, overall intelligence, innate talent, etc. I still believe the bedrock of success comes from hard work (10,000 Hour Rule), ambition, and ability, but after reading this book I’ve begun to realize that there is much more to an individual’s ‘success story’ than simply being smart or gifted. Factors such as location, timing, and opportunity must be considered. I highly suggest this book to anyone interested in analyzing successful individuals from a new perspective.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One thing that excites me the most about my profession is the simple fact that I get to create for a living on a daily basis. Most people who are interested in photography mainly do it as a hobby for a creative outlet. In my opinion, that speaks extremely highly of the attraction to create. Just think, I don’t know of many people who are accountant hobbyists on the side (not that there’s anything wrong with numbers; my dad is a banker). Taking photography from a hobby to a profession is hard work, and thankfully I have been blessed to have multiple sources of support and teaching over the years. And the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you always can improve and elevate your abilities further than where you currently are.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The very first place I would take a friend who is visiting from out of town is to the American Airlines Center to watch the Dallas Mavericks play. It’s hands down the best way to have an all-around good time (especially with Luka and Porziņģis leading the team). Food-wise, we would have to go to Wabi House on Greenville for the best ramen in town. Also on the itinerary would be Mutts Cantina for some four-legged fun, Klyde Warren Park to experience the downtown area in an outdoor setting, and basically any of the bars/restaurants in Deep Ellum.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I love the idea that our success is not all our own. There are countless factors, influences, and individuals in my life that helped nurture my individual and professional growth. I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my wonderful wife, Caroline, who is as equally a source of love and comfort in my personal life, as she is a wellspring of creativity and innovation in my professional one.
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