We had the good fortune of connecting with Robbie Conaway and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robbie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
You have to LOVE what you do and have a real passion and curiousity for it. In my case, I would be doing this work in my free time (and I do) even if I wasn’t making any money on it. This is important, because if you’re doing it just for the money, I think you can be disappointed and discouraged when you start out. At that point, many people quit. The money and success come later as a result of you continuing in that field of expertise in the face of making virtually no money. It is only after you are surpassing others and are at a level that surpasses many others, that potential clients are willing to pay for your skills.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was very lucky to have many adults and friends in my life encourage me and show interest in my work as I progressed in life. Positive reinforcement was a considerable factor in my pursuit of my passions. The money and success came later as a result of my obsessive interest in these areas that I felt compelled to communicate through. It still took decades of practice, research, and active learning though to get to a point where I was actually making a good living doing what I loved. If I was looking to make money only from this work, I would have quit long, long ago. These are things that I feel make life worth living for!
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?
Whenever we have friends or family visit, there is always at least a short trip to the mountains for a hike or snowshoeing, or camping in some ridiculously jaw dropping beautiful setting. For us, it’s the main reason to live in Colorado. But in terms of the city, we love mixing up some physical activity with sight seeing and maybe a drink or two along the way. A bike ride along the river with stops at My Brothers Bar, Union Lodge Number 1, or the Buckhorn Exchange can be a great way to spend the day in the city. As well as casual walks around the real gems of Denver, which are the small neighborhood strips near Platt Park, Old South Gaylord, Tennyson Street, etc. Moving here from the big city of Chicago, I find those areas the real draw of living here and the true charm of the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents always encouraged me to be curious and to seek out the things I was drawn to. My 8th grade english teacher, Kirk Taylor also was a mentor for me in that he gave my ideas and opinions real respect, even at that young age.