Today as I was sitting at my desk emailing a fellow photographer, it hit me.
I felt confident in my ability.
Not just my ability as a photographer, but as a business owner and entrepreneur. See – I spent years wondering if I would ever be able to do this for a living. I constantly compared myself to photographers who claimed to “make it overnight”, announcing they were shooting weddings & magically having a full season booked their first time trying.
This isn’t a common story, but I found myself wishing it was mine. Behind that wish was a whole lotta imposter syndrome & doubt, but something kept me pressing on. I had no idea in that moment that my life would look the way it does now. In what felt like an instant —everything changed.
I look at my day-to-day life now & can see how the years I spent learning and investing in my business paid off. How important it was that I didn’t “make it overnight” because of all that I needed to learn first. It seriously feels like I blinked an eye and this happened, but I know that there are so many crucial steps along the way that led me to this assured feeling, so here is my encouragement to you if you feel like you’re in the trenches right now:
1. Keep Pressing
This may be easy to say, but take each day one day at a time. Set goals for your day, then your week, month, and then year. Take those baby steps and keep walking towards your passion.
2. Get Talking
Get out of the house! I’m serious, getting grounded in my community has been key for me. Not only for my sanity, but I’ve seen actual ROI on building sincere friendships with people who do what I do for a living. Find a great community like The Rising Tide Society’s Tuesdays Together and commit to showing up & supporting the people around you. Cheer each other on!
3. Be a Student
Learn everything you can! Invest in courses that teach on topics you are weak in, read business books, watch free webinars, listen to podcasts, attend panel discussions & just soak in the wisdom of those who have come before you. When I was feeling disappointed about my business, I used to sit in those feelings instead of getting off my butt & doing something about it. Now, I consider myself a lifelong learner & believe none of us will ever reach the point where we know everything, so keep that ego in check, sit down, be humble & learn!
I hope you feel encouraged and know that your time & effort is worth it! Do not give up!
I’m certainly cheering for you, babe!