Color me inspired.
His name is Matt Morgan. Unassuming, but as deep and spiritual as any man I’ve ever met. Matt and I met at the monthly #CIB (Central Iowa Bloggers) event a while back.
This is a great event where every first Friday of the month, bloggers, social media newbies and seasoned stud-bolts alike gather in conversation and coffee to share ideas and foster strength in our passion for blogging and social media. It’s a joyful and exciting morning (about 6 hours worth for some) and you’re guaranteed to see a handful of new faces along with the #SMCDSM standards every month.
At this particular #CIB, I met Matt, a social media novice by any definition, but when he walked in with his “Art” I was completely blown away (and HE came to US for input and advice). WOAH
By (self) definition, Matt is a proud Youth Pastor at the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, but by divine decree, Matt is a TRUE artist. In any medium, with any person, Matt inspires the best.
There’s a saying that goes something like this…
“If your job is doing what you love, then you’ll never work another day in your life.”
I always politely smiled and nodded my head when someone said that to me, generally because I never really understood what it meant.
Having a J-O-B was WORK. My parents WORKED their entire careers in jobs that were… well… WORK. You’re SUPPOSED to sweat and toil day in and day out to earn a wage that hopefully balances the commitment and effort you put in for 40… 60… 80 hours a week. You do that with the expectation that you’ll, in turn, be able to afford to teach your children the same value and work ethic you learned from your parents.
It’s the economic “Circle of Life.”
Well, on that day, I was shown the difference between a “J-O-B” and working at what you love for a living.
Matt embodies the spirit of the statement quoted above. He came to #CIB to further his knowledge of blogging and social media and he brought a piece of his art to “us” to get reactions, to get validation, to get support, to share inspiration. By the time he walked out, he’d left me and a number of the #CIB true wanting more.
So, shortly there after, I contacted Matt to ask him if he would honor me with his interpretation of my company’s logo in his style of “cut stone” (a process I’ll leave to HIM to tell you about). Calm and unassuming (as I said before), Matt said “Sure.”
As you see, the result was beautiful. I gave little direction and he produced the perfect icon for CreateWOW. Iconic. Exacting and effective.
Here’s the rub. When we finally came to an agreement on price, I paid (about 1/4 the value) and turning to leave, I asked, “Do you have a website or someplace I can send others to see your work?”
Matt said, “Nope. Never thought of it.”
See, Matt does what he loves to do for a living. He’s a Youth Pastor. He’s an inspiration. So it’s not a “marketing opportunity” to do a sign for TheBrandChef. It’s fun. It’s rewarding to him. It get’s the kids he mentors a chance to say “Coooooool!”
Now I get it.
I asked Matt if writing a post about this unique experience would bother him and he granted me permission. He also granted me permission to post his phone number if any readers of this post would like to discuss having him work up a stone-cut masterpiece for you. I’ve already forwarded two leads to him in as many days. So give him a look. He doesn’t have a website (yet) but you can find him here (maybe even at the next #CIB):
Matt Morgan: 515-981-9860