How to Determine The Life You Want To Lead

Most People Go To Work To Pay For Things They Have Already Bought

Success to Significance welcomes Vincent Pugliese. Vincent's initial dream career died. He then leveraged his experience for his business. Now, he's impacting entrepreneurs globally.

Vincent has a background in journalism, and is a globally recognized sports photographer, in addition to being an entrepreneur, husband and father.

He has over 20 years of photography experience, including the most high-profile sporting events  including Super Bowls, Stanley Cup Finals, NBA Playoffs, The Kentucky Derby and even Wrestlemania. Over 120 professional sports venues in all.

Vincent has photographed key moments in multiple Presidential elections, and he and his wife Elizabeth have photographed high-end weddings for over twelve years.

Vincent Pugliese, Elizabeth and their boysHe is turning his knowledge and experience into a book, Freelance to Freedom, which is designed to help others, particularly freelancers, pursue their own intentionally designed lifestyle. Freelance to Freedom will publish in early 2017.

Most importantly, Vincent and Elizabeth are parents to three young boys and building a life of financial and time independence by their own design.


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Vincent's Thought Leadership

  • I saw [the William Randoph Hurst College Photographer Award] as a stepping stone.
  • We started reaching out to other photographers in Pittsburgh about a year before we moved. We started doing SEO and we would get inquiries and send it to them. We gave them work. By the time we got [to Pittsburgh], they were referring work to us.
  • Starting the business, that was the hairiest part.
  • 3% to you might be something with your salary, but to mine, it's nothing.
  • I'll never forget, I stood in his doorway. Its' over; I knew this career was over. And I said to him “No matter what I do, no matter how hard I work, no matter how many awards I win…” I couldn't even finish the sentence.
  • Vincent PuglieseI see all these people (co=workers) getting ready to retire, and they're grumbly, they're just angry, and they're just disgruntled. I am going to become that if I don't do something. We basically decided to start the business right there.
  • I was giving up 11 hours a day for $94.
  • We could go into more debt like we were, and it would never get better. [I had] to do something.
  • My dad said “You're really good at what you do, but you're not getting compensated for it.
  • People that are self employed, they make money, and then they spend it on the things they want to spend it on, including business expenses. Then they pay taxes. Employees make money, they are taxed on all that money, and they get the rest to spend.” Just right there, I said that's $20,000 difference for us.
  • I want to hear the story of how you get from $38,000 to a $1,000,000, because that's where you get your freedom.
  • If I have an afternoon with my kids, or I can choose to sell something, I'm going to choose to be with my kids.
  • We're not going to look back and wish we would have had more time [with our kids].
  • Most people go to work to pay for the things they have already bought. It's not even for anything you are looking forward to in the future.

Links to Resources Mentioned

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Vincent's Contact Information


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Photo Sources: Vincent and Elizabeth Pugliese; Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Amazon


I work alongside emerging companies on business formation, commercialization strategies, and capital planning. My passion is to find, support, mentor, coach, incubate, & fund start-ups engaged in innovative technology businesses.

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