“Success is when opportunity meets readiness.”
Nhi Le | Photographer | 31 | @noyocreative
Nhi is the very definition of a gentleman.
He picked me up at 6 o’clock sharp with a big smile on his face and a solid plan of action.
I, being new to Vancouver (and a huge fan of Nhi’s work), was super excited to adventure with him.
He just grinned: “I was in your shoes three years ago. I didn’t know anyone either — I’m happy to pay it forward.”
As we strolled down Beaver Lake Trail, I was hooked on his captivating tale:
At fourteen, he was left in Toronto to raise his younger sister alone. “I had to really hustle.
I learned the value of working hard,” he said. “If you don’t see results, work harder.”
And hustling paid off: He skipped — not one, not two, but — three grades. Finished his Masters of Medical Biophysics. Supported his little sister all the way to university. He was doing well… But it wasn’t always easy. “At one point of my life, I was in a research lab and hated what I was doing. I went through a big breakup. And I decided I need to physically move.”
He packed up his bags and moved to New York. Took up photography. Took a pay cut.
“When you’re passionate about something, you make compromises.
That’s the reality you face as an artist— it’s a lot of grinding, but it’s worth it. I knew I had to pay my dues.”
And following his heart also paid off: he runs two kickass companies now, one in New York and one in Vancouver.
He’s booked to the brim. He’s built up a huge community of fans. And he still loves to shoot for fun.
And fun was what we had. We climbed up trees, admired the ducks and took time to smell the roses.
We settled on Third Beach and watched a magnificent sunset — reds and golds streaked through the sky.
And when our tummies couldn’t wait any longer, we finished off the night with an exquisite vegetarian meal at Heirloom.
“I’m hungry,” Nhi shared. “I can always do better.
There’s no ceiling in business and there shouldn’t be. I always have to up my game.”
And that, truly, is the spirit of success.
A thirst for growth. A will to work. A gleeful delight in it all.
I’m hungry too.