Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Why you will fail at your career

Excuses.

you hear them everywhere, though mostly they're in your mind:

too old
too young
in a relationship
have kids
not smart enough
no time
didn't go to the right school
dont have a good enough camera
the market is saturated
no one wants to pay for my skills
too much competition
not creative enough

with a little wisdom, some insight and a bit of self appreciation you'll start to see excuses as symptoms of your inner patterning. We all have an inner dialogue that essentially defines who we are and what we become.

Thoughts become words become action becomes character becomes destiny. Its as simple as that and you've heard it before.

People ask what it takes to become great, not necessarily at photography but anything. My advice would always be to watch your mind, forget about anything else...just learn to watch your mind.

That alone right there will define your success or your failure. Guaranteed. 100%

Once you become aware of your negative thinking and your tendency to make excuses, you'll begin to witness your deeper feelings and hidden opinions.

It takes a lot of work at first but you can change it. Just be aware. It doesn't have to be this epic monumental undertaking (though the results most certainly will be), just simply tell yourself that you no longer believe your excuses. You start to invalidate them.

Your mind will scream at you at first and call you a fraud and how dare you hold a new opinion of yourself...but after some time the new thinking will take hold and new grooves will be etched. The mind is fluid so when you cease dragging the needle down that path it'll fill back up as if it were water.

Next time you tell yourself that you didn't go to the right college or you live in the wrong town or you've got the wrong whatever just know that you only need to do one thing...

...change your mind. It's everything.


10 comments:

4onthemove said...

Well timed read for me personally & professionally. Thank you....

4onthemove said...

Well timed read for me, personally and professionally. Thanks....

www.garethiwanjones.com said...

Bang on the money Martin (as always)

Oliver RR said...

I know this to be true. All that it requires is a change in thinking - change a thought, do I want chocolate or vanilla ice cream? It's really requires no more effort than that...but it eludes me. Thanks for the reminder.

George Aubrey said...

Martin: Well said. We follow where our mind goes.

Varun V Khandare said...

Thanks Martin, prefect timing with this post, really needed something like this to fuel myself forward!

Erdei Rudolf said...

I relly live in a forgotten town, in a forgotten country. I realy appreciate this post too, I also really needed something to fuel mi mind with! Thanks a lot and keep up the good posts!

Anonymous said...

A lot of people should read and try what you said.
Especially and foremost myself. I am at a turning point. The abyss is below. The waves a crashing. They tell me that if I jump I will fly. Well.
Maybe if I Imagine that the waves and the abyss are actually an open meadow filled with butterflies and wild flowers the jump might not be as scary.
Thanks! Just what I needed today.
A new fan from New York.

cc said...

I'm not a photographer, but know of you through a special person and thanks so much Martin..It's about way more than photography and work and I really appreciate the way you've put it...


cc said...

I'm not a photographer, but know of you through a special person and thanks so much Martin..It's about way more than photography and work and I really appreciate the way you've put it...