I knew when I was seventeen that photography was what I wanted to spend my life doing. Along the way I had people tell me that my dream wasn't attainable.
They told me photography was a nice hobby but I should get a real job.
They said everyone had a camera now and that there was no work.
They quoted the statistics that say most business won't make it past the first five years.
But I knew with every fiber of my being that none of those things would be true of me. I feel the same fire today that I felt when I was a teenager shooting football games for the year book. There was never a question in my mind that I wouldn't succeed.
I will succeed because I have GRIT.
No matter the setback, I will keep going. Mistakes are not failures but learning experiences that make us stronger.
I just finished an intense six-week business class for creative entrepreneurs taught by Jasmine Star called The Path to Profitability. As well as teaching me SO much about running a business, it confirmed this inward conviction to be true. Those who succeed have passion and perseverance. Jasmine's remarks on this theory of grit came from Angela Lee Duckworth's TED Talk.
Duckworth describes Grit furthers as, ". . . having stamina. Sticking with your future day in and day out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years."
Growing up I was never the most talented. I never had the best grades. I was never the best on the team. But once I set my mind on something there was no stopping me.
These days I am still not the most talented. I will probably not be the most well-known photographer, have the best gear, or be the most well connected. But I set my mind on photography eight years ago and I know for a fact that I am in this for the long haul.