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Competition - YOU Are Your Only Competition

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You know, it always makes me laugh when I talk to people about being a full time photographer. The common response is: “ohhhh it’s so tough out there. There are so many photographers out there, so much competition”.

That same argument about competition could be used with musicians, artists, hockey players, hell just about anything really! Could you imagine if everyone followed and believed in that logic? It’s a pretty bleak way to look at things in my opinion.

Firstly, I am NOT in competition with anybody other than MYSELF.  Secondly, there is more than enough work to go around for all of the photographers out there. Thirdly, and I believe this to be one of the most important things, you MUST set yourself apart from all the other photographers out there, PLAIN and SIMPLE. This will help you attract clients.  Whether it’s through your style or your customer service, you should use everything at your disposal to your advantage.  There is only one YOU!

You should only be competing with yourself! This way, you are constantly pushing yourself to improve, to be better at whatever it is you are doing. So don’t listen to the noise in your ears, ignore it and do your thing! Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, that’s a waste of time!!  Focus on being the BEST YOU!

New Years Resolutions - Why Wait?

You know I heard something the other day that struck me as quite peculiar and after giving it some serious thought, I found it to be quite true. It revolves around this whole New Year’s resolutions and new beginnings thing.

I was listening to the radio in the car and the DJ was talking about the top 10 New Year’s resolutions people make and listing them off. She then said “if I am going to make a promise to do something for me or to better myself, why the hell am I going to wait until a certain day of the year to do it? Why wouldn’t I do it right then and there? Right away? Perhaps the simple fact of the matter is, most people just don’t think about these things until the last day of the year because it’s so engrained in us to make New Year’s resolutions we figure we are going to make those promises to ourselves at the end of the year anyway”

I thought about it for a minute and it struck me as so true. Why do people wait until the new year to start new things like working out, eating healthier, lose weight, quitting smoking and the list goes on and on. Where did all this begin and why?

Is it because they figure it’s a new year, a clean slate? Fresh beginnings? Mind you, I am sure people aren’t sitting around in June or July thinking, ok I am going wait until the new year to start working out or quit smoking or be nice to people. We have all made New Year’s resolutions I am sure. It just got me thinking as to why so many people wait until the last day of the year to make promises to themselves to do things to better themselves etc. starting the next day?

Does it take on that much more significance for someone on the last day of the year? Are you going to be more serious about it if you promise yourself to start something in the new year?

I guess my thinking is, we should ALWAYS be striving for better for ourselves all throughout the year! Live life now. Take chances. Quit smoking. Do it now!   Don’t wait! Although, as it is the beginning of 2016 you really have no excuse.


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