Rodney Smith’s Leap of Faith: An Intimate Chat with Leslie Smolan & Terence McCarthy
Rodney Smith is a modern-day renaissance man. He has spent the past decades building a career as a successful photographer, author, entrepreneur, and mentor. Recently, through the Leap of Faith podcast, he has afforded listeners an intimate look into the minds of some of the most influential and creative figures of his time. Despite the success, Smith’s ambition doesn’t stop there: He continues to move forward with a passion for life that knows no bounds. Recently, Smith sat down in a conversation with two like-minded influences in Leslie Smolan, the CEO of Lippincott and Terence McCarthy, a veteran product designer. They discussed the struggles of entrepreneurship, the importance of mentors, and the essential components of living an inspired life.
The conversation began with a discussion of practical challenges. Smith wanted to know more about the obstacles that come with attempting to start a business and remain successful in a saturated market. Smolan encouraged listeners to never give up and understand that progress does not happen overnight. “The biggest blessing you can get is a setback,” she said. Furthermore, Smith was interested in the importance of mentors. To both Smolan and McCarthy, mentors are essential to an entrepreneur’s success since Mentors are able to point out areas where one might lack experience and knowledge.
The conversation diverted into a reminder of life’s importance. Smith encouraged listeners to accept the present moment as it is and look beyond the surface of situations. He explained that those who continually try to seek something else often miss out on what’s available in the present. “We can experience stress or anger in the present moment, but if we don’t accept the present moment completely, we will never understand it,” he said. For both participants, life is a series of experiences, both happy and tragic. In order to have a fulfilled life, one must learn to accept both the good and the bad.
The conversation took an inspiring turn. As Smith drew to a close, he shared a few tips for living an inspired life. He encouraged listeners to fuel their passions, take risks, think outside of the box, and believe in their talents. Furthermore, he underscored the importance of paying attention to the details of life. “Always be grateful for what you have,” he said. “Accept the present moment and use it to inspire and challenge you.”
Ultimately, Smith’s Leap of Faith podcast has provided an intimate and thought-provoking look into the minds of some of the most notable figures in the industry. Through the conversations, participants have shared lessons on the importance of ambition, tenacity, and resilience – essential components necessary for success in any industry.