The Great Discontent interviews photographer Zack Arias, who details the struggle he faced in becoming financially successful:

About a year or so into starting my photography business, I had a realization. I was barely staying alive and I also had some friends around me whose lives were falling apart—their marriages were crumbling or they’d been laid off. Here were some really close friends of mine who were struggling, and I couldn’t help them—I didn’t have any money to give them and I didn’t have a car to loan them. I realized that I needed to expand my business so that not only could I take care of myself, but I could help the people around me, too. I felt as though I was given a small lot of land to till and cultivate and I needed to make it larger so that I could feed more people. Since then, my personal business has grown to the point where it has kept about 12 people employed.

Read the entire interview here.


  • BMoney

    I agree. Your success is everyone’s success. We’re all in this thing called Life together–right! Pay it forward

  • yang simon

    You are a good man, go ahead!

  • alwaysthevictim

    If your only goal is to make money, and making money for yourself and your comrades is what you call success, and you don’t consider yourself selfish in the spectrum of the world? I applaud your success in employing 12 people who all probably deserve employment, but a dime dropped in the bucket doesn’t make you selfless.

  • Scott

    I’ve been following Zack for a few years now, so I really appreciate this!
    (Scott M)

  • Roving After Hours

    Funny you meantion this, I have had the exact same struggle. I had to start by company in order to keep myself out of the poor house, and now that I am doing quite well I actually feel guilty about it. Crazy, silly, ridiclous I know, but I still can’t help from feeling that way.

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