We had the good fortune of connecting with Connor Lock and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Connor, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
At first there was no work life balance. When I first started the business I was constantly second guessing myself, researching, failing, learning, etc. It consumed my life but I knew that I had to go all-in to see it take off. I devoted my life to it knowing that once the battle at sea subsided I would be able to recalculate and charter my way to smoother waters. Business is all about being able to adapt to any conditions the adventure will throw at you. Years later, I now know how to manage my time better while also balancing the ship through tidal waves. Putting my physical and mental health is priority number one now. I should have started this sooner. This will sound simple but I asked myself the question “how can you run a business if you can’t run a business” meaning if you burn yourself out who’s gonna run the business? The healthier you are, physically and mentally, the sharper the decisions you can make. I give myself the same amount of attention as I do my clients. That way I never feel like, “damn, I never have time to be a human” Successful relationships work best when there is an equal balance from both parties. Ask yourself what is a healthy and sustainable balance for you and your business then apply it. But also be open and willing to adapt it along the way because as we all know, change is constant. If I don’t take care of myself then how can I expect to take care of my clients?

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It all started with Legos. I have always thought of things differently (extreme imagination) and have been fascinated by how things can work/together. As I traveled through this world, experiencing more and more things, I released I think with my hands. Making things helps me make sense of things. I knew I had an interest in art but never thought or even really knew about design. After pursuing design in College I was obsessed. So you’re telling me I can use my creative skills to solve problems and make things? Sign me up! I have never followed the trends or cut corners of using templates. I’d rather be authentic and suffer for a bit than be a poser or be perceived as just like everyone else. I have put myself through the discipline to do the hard work and learn proper techniques. I thrive on challenges, especially when someone tells me I can’t do something. My work is forever changing. One of the best complements I’ve ever received was “Wow, I had no idea you made all of those things. You really can do everything and your style is so different with each one” Maybe this comes from the fact I am always exploring and curious of new things and ways to make them. This is probably why I started my own company over 6 years ago. I had worked in different design agencies and explored the corporate world but released I need to go back to my roots of thinking differently and exploring my own path. Developing my company, SEVEN { a visual craftsman }, came from my lucky number and a nickname that has followed me around since I was 13. The concept of a visual craftsman was developed by the idea of encompassing the multitude of skills I offer into one. The visual side is where we develop the concepts and visuals for your brand. The craftsman side is where we actually build what we design for our clients. Attention to detail is our number one priority. We handle the process from start to finish. This allows us to do what we do best and for you to continue running your business at its best. One of the most liberating things about building my own company/brand is having the flexibility to make it whatever I want and help who ever I want. As a person in this wild world, I am forever learning and growing and I am thankful that I have a business that can do the same.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Alright friends, buckle up. You’re in for some adventure! Here is one example day Itinerary below: – Wake up with a morning yoga session in the grass under the trees at Denver City park paired with smelling the fresh flowers near the zoo. – Pick up bagels from Rosenburgs then head to Corner Beet to get a smoothie or juice and say hey to Dmitri at Z Cycle Shop. – Jump on some bikes and hit up all the back alley neighborhood roads out to the cherry creek trail to check out the murals and people watch. Find a good chill spot near the water at the REI store to crack open those bagels and juice. – Jump in the car to head up to Golden for some hiking and finish the route at New Terrain Brewery to chomp on a cold beer and lunch at one of the food trucks there. – Head back DT to go shop around Rino and hit up some thrift shops to find a funny outfit for dinner later. – Grab some brews from Joe’s Liquor Store – Head back to the house to get dressed in your costume for Dinner. – Jump back on the bikes and find a rooftop parking garage to have some sneaky sunset brews before dinner. – Make our way to El Five to have dinner on the porch area to see the city at night. – See where the party takes us or just end up at the hot tub at my house.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My life has been a wild ride of adventure meeting hundreds of unique people from around the world that have inspired me and helped me along the way. The list is 32 years long but for time sake I’ll just mention who has helped me the most from my time being in Denver: https://www.adamvicarel.com/ Not only is he great friend but he is definitely someone who challenges me and has also connected me with some incredible people here in Denver. I’m excited to experience what the future holds for my business and myself here.

Website: http://www.followseven.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/7avisualcraftsman/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followseven
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCHieks2Xp0&t=2s

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