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I was born in Iran in 1982. This was 3 years after the Islamic Revolution.

My family did not agree with the radical shift in how the country was governed. My mother was passionately against it. So my parents decided we MUST leave all of our family and friends and move halfway across the planet to Canada.

We didn’t know anyone. We didn’t speak the language. We didn’t have much, but we had peace and safety.

Most of my family remained in Iran: hundreds of cousins, aunts, and uncles. …


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Finding a photographer to work with is not as simple as looking for someone who takes beautiful photos. You also need to consider if working with this person will help you grow your impact and your business.

If you’re thinking about having your photos taken in 2020, I want you to have a great experience and to feel good about the decision you’ve made. I’ve put together a couple points to help you find the photographer who is right for you.

Here’s a list of 16 questions you can ask yourself before hiring a photographer:


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Me: How many talks have you done at this point?

Seth: Over 10,000.

Me: Do you still get nervous?

Seth: No, not really.

Me: How many talks did it take to stop being nervous?

Seth. About 200.

Me: How long did it take you to do 200 talks?

Seth: 2 years.

Me: So freaking cool.

I was nervous to photograph Seth Godin. Let’s be honest, he’s a legend in the thought leadership space. He’s written over 19 best-selling books, including many that have changed my life. Based on his massive success, I assumed Seth would be difficult to work with.

The exact opposite was true. He was kind, funny and generous. Also very sincere and grounded. My whole team had a blast working with Seth. We got to asked him all sorts of questions. …


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This video is really hard for me to watch. It’s from exactly 10 years ago today.

I made 30 videos in the 30 days leading up to my 27th birthday. My goal was to inspire others to step out of their own comfort zones and share their hearts too.

I honestly had no idea what I was doing. But I felt something inside of me that so badly wanted to be expressed.

When I completed the 30-day challenge and realized how far I was from my comfort zone, I had the biggest vulnerability hangover of my life. …


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Here’s how the SoftMen Podcast works…

On camera. No matter where we are in the conversation. And that’s when something shifts.

When two men are all of the sudden naked in each other’s presence, it’s as if the walls we had between us can’t be held up. Even if we’re both in different rooms. Even if no one can actually see our goods.

I’ve only done 3 naked SoftMen podcasts, but every time we got naked the conversation totally changes. We go deeper. We get more vulnerable. …


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On todays #TipTuesday video, I share something I learned last week and has resulted in my most liked and commented post ever.

Not only did this post receive more likes and comments than I’ve ever received, but whats way more important to me is that at the core of this tip is an opportunity to share more of the REAL Darius with the world. To be more authentic, more inspiring and to have more fun on my Instagram account.

This tip came courtesy of Theresa DePasquale during last Thursday’s weekly Archangel Summit business coaching call, with Giovanni Marsico.

Theresa is a straight up ninja, everything from content creation, social media strategy and also deep analytics. She’s grown several instagram accounts to hundreds of thousands of followers and has worked with major brands to help them build powerful communities online. …


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Photo by Darius Bashar

Hello beautiful humans.

I know it’s cold and snowy outside, and that it might feel like forever until spring.

To help keep you warm, I have an incredible offer on my SunChaser photo adventure package.

As of Jan 01, 2020 my price for SunChasers will be $1997.

But if anyone is interested in pre-booking a 2020 SunChaser before the end of this year, I am offering them for $997.

That’s $1000 discount, which is kind of bananas. But I love playing in the sun so much and want to book as many as I can for the spring and summer.

There are a very limited number of SunChasers I can do per year, so if you are interested in pre-booking for yourself or as a gift to someone else, DM or comment below. …


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Dear Jenn,

This morning I looked at the images in the gallery of my Instagram profile. I asked myself how close my page was to the real me.

Were there any major elements missing from my life?

Any glaring gaps?

Oh yes.

There definitely was.

One of the most important people in my life was missing from my feed.

My beloved.

My sweetheart.

My Bestie.

I could not find YOU on my page.

Well.. that’s not entirely true. “Jenn” is all over my page, but there isn’t a single picture of you and I TOGETHER.

This made me very sad. Maybe a part of me was scared to share our love with my followers. Maybe I had some sort of preconception of who I needed to be on Social Media. Maybe I was afraid of annoying people. …


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I so often don’t ask for help. But I can’t stop thinking about what my life would be like if I was a YouTuber.

Could I do this? Could I build a successful channel on YouTube and create a following?

Here’s a list of why this could work:

I get so freaking excited by the possibility of succeeding on YouTube. Maybe too excited. …


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I was given only 5 minutes with Elizabeth Gilbert. There were 2 people assigned to stand in the back of the room with watches, timing our session, just to make sure she was able to stay on schedule.

She had lots to do that day. She was one of the keynote speakers at Archangel Summit and I was grateful for every second she was able to squeeze in for the shoot.

My original plan was to be cool as a cucumber and pretend like it was no big deal. It took less than 2 seconds for that plan to go out the window. …

About

Darius Bashar

I am a portrait photographer, podcaster and writer, but before any of that, I am a soul having a “human experience”. → www.dariusbashar.com

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