Historically met with negativity, being a skilled member of several trades is slowly making a comeback. More and more people are embracing their passions and discovering the versatility pursuing all of them provides for their life. Creating a lifestyle that is fulfilling and meaningful has started to become a priority; and designing opportunities where one can make a living doing what they love is at the forefront of this movement. An extraordinary look into Max Salk and his journey prompts hope and enthusiasm for following one’s heart and inventing a life for oneself that encompasses everything that touches it.
Originally from Illinois, Max Salk found himself drawn to the world of investment and finance at a young age. But even then, he found himself drawn to things that interested him on separate parts of the spectrum. Salk obtained his undergraduate degree in finance and history, and found a love of photography while studying abroad in Rotterdam, the Netherlands during his junior year of undergraduate studies. Max worked for an investment management firm in Chicago, prior to moving to New York City to become a part of the team at Blackstone, his current employer. When taking time away from the rigors of his position as Vice President and U.S. credit research analyst, Salk enjoys travel all the while taking photos of various landscapes that catch his eye and peak his interest. Posting the photographs on Instagram as well as his personal photography website, proving that there is always a way to follow one’s passion if it is important to them.
The difficult thing about becoming successful at something that is not of particular interest is that the passion is missing; as Max Salk explains. If there is no drive to learn more or become better, there is no reason to work so hard. When pursuing something that is loved, the work becomes part of the person and the person becomes more motivated to do well and succeed. Salk touts that it is only by looking within oneself that their true passions will be found and that each person must follow the path they choose in life. Each individual must keep their minds and hearts open to any and all possibilities because anything could be coming around the corner. Max Salk is an example of how diligence towards what moves someone is the ultimate catalyst to living a life one loves and that makes him or her truly happy.