The more I think about the advice I'm running with to improve as I photographer, the more I begin to realize that it is not something new or unheard of before that I'm applying.
The steps I'm following have been outlined to improve me as a photographer, this type of advice has not only been told to me once but multiple times before.
Rattling around in my head has been the question "what is different now, or why is it different now" and has continued to come up as a consideration in my pursuits. I thought I had given this a full effort before.
Am I just repeating my failed efforts from before, or am I re-dedicating myself and trying new avenues?
Thinking about it more and more, or is it just that now I'm finally listening, not just hearing the advice.
I'm finally applying my full self to understanding what the next step is and I'm being vocal so that I can figure out what I don't know through mistakes or look for someone that might be able to tell me a way around obstacle I'm facing.
By allowing myself to encounter failure while still keeping an aptitude or attitude towards improving as a Photographer I've realized that how that has allowed me to consistently fine tune my craft. Because THEN I am able to become better and that allows me to see that improvement even if my bank account hasn't quite reflected it yet.
Through bouncing ideas off friends whom are familiar as well as unfamiliar with Photography, I then get a better idea of what makes sense as well as what people might not understand.
Another area of my life that I've taken notice to is how I'm applying entrepreneurial ideas from people who understand society and business best!
Right NOW...that focus and formulation of ideas comes from people more outside the photography industry then inside of it. People like Gary Vaynerchuk, Jay Shetty, and Tim Ferriss who can demonstrate from their own success and strife in different yet still similar fields of pursuit how to become successful in something foreign or unknown to them-self prior.
I think that listening to experts whom tell the public (without charging or selling a product to them first) what they need to do to become great is often avoided or ignored not because of trust or understanding the instruction, but from the lack of ability to actively listen and put aside any predisposition or emotion to really understand and digest the free practical advice that WILL help you get to where you want to be.
Just like when I was starting out and though I knew the path and I didn't need to seek out mentors or listen to anyone from any related or unrelated business venture. It is not easy to put aside the ego and truly listen to advice until you've believe that advice comes from a good place.
It could be redundant, physically grueling, or just a different kind of hard we're not accustomed to enduring from a person we do not respect. Whatever the reason, it is easier to ignore or delay doing the best advice ever while keeping busy with tasks we believe would improve our skill set yet still denying completing the tasks experts tell us will improve our desired skill-set. With my photography this came through defining my Why, developing my niche, and renting prime lens.
Why do you want to become a photographer, let me take a guess, you're passionate about it?
Dig Deeper, explore your WHY ;-)
Capturing living moments and Capturing moments being LIVED. That's what I do.