I realise a couple my recent posts may have a bit of a dark and negative undertone. I don’t mean to alarm, worry or piss people off but sometimes some things just need to be said.
It is true that I am not finding it easy to build a photography business alongside a full time day job. However, I will try and I am keeping my eyes on the prize. This is my main motivation: Continue to look at the end game, the target, what I really want to achieve. It takes time and it takes patience but it will pay off in the end. Besides, no one ever said these things are easy. There are just people who make it look easy…
I am not really in it for the money although I do want to be able to pay my bills… However, as long as I can do that, I think I would be pretty happy. I have had a good run, making decent money and being able to lead a decent lifestyle. However, it is just time to do something else and that, for me, is photography.
It has long gone beyond being a hobby or a pleasurable past time, it has become inevitable. Almost like it is not a choice anymore. Yes, I am aware that photography is not necessarily a glamorous job and that you could end up photographing trousers or cats all day but that only reminds of my sheer enthusiasm when I was hired to shoot a BBQ toolset or when I provided sample photos of clothing to a potential client. I just love the process, figuring a shoot out, solving the problem of lighting (I don’t have a studio so product shoots happen in our living room, at night, with the lights off.), processing the images and then sending them.
Mind you, I don’t really consider myself a product photographer but I will also not shy away from the opportunity (having said that, I did once, but that’s a different story…) just to be able to photograph and just do the process.
Another part of keeping motivated which I found really helps is Stoicism.
Now, hear me out. I know this might sound a bit try hard and poncy but Stoicism is something that I have embraced in the past few months and it has made me look at challenges in a whole different light (no pun intended). Since following the readings of Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus, I feel much more calm and relaxed about what I want to achieve and in daily life situations really. It doesn’t work every time yet thought but it is a journey I am on and I am not planning on being super perfect to start with. I have a book called The Daily Stoic which takes a Stoic quote, puts it into context and explains it. There is one quote for every day of the year.
You should give it a go, the author is Ryan Holiday.
In conclusion I think these three things are important for my motivation:
1. Keep the eyes on the prize
2. Continue and don’t ever stop
3. Be as stoic as possible.
What are your main motivators?
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