We all as business owners have faced adversity at some point in our lives. Whether it was a job rejection, an unhappy client, equipment failure or whatever else it may be. Do you ever consider how strong you are to even be doing what you are doing though?
Adversity is a word that gets tossed around entirely too much at times and most people don't even know what real adversity is. They don't know what it's like to be on the verge of losing everything they have spent so much time, effort, tears, and hard work into. Some think adversity is whether to get the double or the triple shot at Starbucks.
I write this because I want people out there to understand that you are stronger than you believe. The reason I know this is because I am just like you. I worry about the bills getting paid, keeping the lights on, balancing home and work just like you do.
There are days though that in this business or any other business it's going to be tough. It's going to be tough because if it were easy everyone would be doing it. The number one reason that people fail at business or other things they love is because the refuse to even try in the first place. It's a big, bad, scary world out there and most want the security of a 9-5 Mon-Fri job that they can collect a check, have benefits, and retire from. Then there are the rest of us. The ones that dare to dream and risk it all for the ability to make what we love turn into doing what we love all day every day.
At some point you may reach an age where you have an Ah Ha moment and look back wondering what exactly you have done with your life. You will look back on the great vacations, and the things you did or the things you own, but will you actually be leaving a mark to remember? Shouldn't that be your goal?
I have gone through a lot in the last 25 years and I am here to tell you that the old you get, the more you start to wonder and worry. I didn't do well in school at a younger age. I bounced from job to job. Got married in my mid 20's and divorced in my late 30's. Had cancer once and a scare another time. Moved away from everything I had ever known a couple years ago. Left a very successful office job to pursue a dream. I've gone broke, made it back, and gone broke again.
What I am telling you is that if you want to be a professional photographer or even a serious hobbyist you have the ability to do so. You have overcome other real adversity in life, and this is just another challenge. You will never figure out how much you love it or how difficult it is until you try it.
Now I'm not telling all of you to quit your job and take the plunge, but at some point don't you want to know what it's like to work for you and not to work for someone else and make them rich while you save up for that next vacation to Mexico with the family? If you are willing to put the time and effort in, along with handling the adversity and heartbreak then maybe it's time to take your future into your own hands.
Not everyone is a risk taker and that's fine. There is no problem with the security of that 9-5 job! Just don't ever use excuses to avoid doing what you love. Overcome that adversity just like you do all the other adversity you face in life...HEAD ON!