Definition: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
It pays to practice perseverance and never give up on yourself. I learned that last week. The Connecticut Professional Photographers Association, which I am a member of, is an association of professional photographers who support each other in moving forward in skill and business. Print competition plays a large roll in this and I have entered many times, but have never received any awards. It is difficult, as each print is judged to the highest standards, plus, judged by other Master Photographers. With enough award winning prints, a pro photographer can work toward and achieve Master Photographer status. I gave up this summer on any chance that I could win any awards as I never placed in competition and the judges always found something ‘wrong’ with my work. I just gave up. I decided I would just stop worrying about obtaining Master Photographer. Really. I decided that I would not put any more attention on it and I would just shoot my best for my clients and stop stressing over this. And a funny thing happened. I started to have fun and ‘play’ behind the camera. Imagine that! Attention off my ego and attention on simply creating. Try it, I find that it works.
Well, this fall when the next competition came up… I looked through my images and there were four of them that I loved. So, I forgot that I had given up and I entered the competition. I am happy to announce that TWO of my prints placed 1st and 3rd in the portrait category. This means they will hang in show at the State Convention in the spring and I have finally earned points toward my Master Photographer Degree. Yea! I have a long way to go.. but I am going!
The moral to this story is less about my win, and more about the process – sticking with it and not giving up on yourself. Perseverance. If you have ever felt like your goals were hopeless, I want to inspire you to not give up. Do the thing you love. Loose yourself in it. Loose the ego. Be yourself. Keep going. I am happy I did. In fact, I actually forgot that I had given up! Just take a break instead. Play. Have fun and reconnect with what you love about whatever that thing is you do. If you keep doing it, you are bound to succeed.
Here are my prints that placed 1st and 3rd. (in that order.)
Do you have an experience in perseverance? Do share, I would love to know your story.
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