Patience and Persistence in Photography

Patience and Persistence in Photography

No matter how talented you are, any trainer, PE teacher, Taekwondo master, coach or mentor will tell you, the extent of your talent is completely worthless if you are not willing to work hard to improve, practice, and practice your skills to practice.

The ancient Greek word “Arête”, which means something like excellence, was used by ancient philosophers to describe people who were outstanding at one thing. And history is full of descriptions of how to achieve that excellence.

Namely with a single thing:

Repetition and Exercise:

If you take on one thing, learn how to do it and practice it every day, even if you think you are the best at it, then you will inevitably continue to grow in it. You will get a little better every day. It is a simple law of nature that is applicable in everything that you do.

I’m not afraid of the man

who did 10,000 kicks once,

but the man who did 10,000 kicks.

Bruce Lee

And this is where the loud heckling starts in various discussions at the latest. ” Yes, eh, but … “.

But the truth is – there is no but.

Yes, it may be, whoever starts with a certain talent will probably find it easier in the first steps and be able to use this basis to their advantage. But in the long term, success is not determined by the talent you started with, but only how long, consistently, disciplined and hard you worked on it.

The story is full of exceptionally successful musicians, athletes, artists, companies, etc. who did not become successful with talent, but exclusively with consistent hard work. If you get involved and study the biographies of successful people you will find that you will hardly find a person who was successful in something simply because of their talent.

The bottom line is, hard work beats talent every single time it counts.

Yes, when there is both talent and hard work, extraordinary things can happen. In the meantime, however, science has also proven, if two people start, one with talent and one without talent and work equally hard on their success in the long term, the difference that the talent made becomes secondary and ever smaller.

Don’t worry, it won’t hurt

By no means does “hard work” mean that you have to bleed. In photography, in particular, we have the advantage over, for example, Asian martial arts, that our training is associated with little physical pain.

Mental pain when something didn’t work out the way we wanted, of course. But we don’t bleed while practicing.

Also, “hard work” is a stretchable term. Maybe I shouldn’t say harshly, but consistently.

Because if you really enjoy doing something, it won’t seem that hard to you. Remember the first two years of your self-employment as a photographer. You need to literally work day and night. But I felt 100 times as much energy as in any job I had ever done before.

Because it was for myself and most of all, because I really enjoyed doing it. Every day when I wake up I looked forward to my work. So nothing particularly “hard”. The hardship comes later when the routine kicks in.

The camera and the love

As in every relationship, the first phase of being in love with the camera comes to an end at some point. That’s where many give up. And here it is decided, once more who will get ahead and be successful and who will not.

Sometimes you have to put the camera down, take a break and just live. But sometimes you just have to tie your shoelaces and keep walking (for whatever reason I’m writing about a running metaphor when I’m not actually running). But hopefully you know what I mean.

The art is to learn to distinguish one from the other and to know when “hard work” is required and when you simply have to take a break.

If you manage to manage all of this, i.e. to work and practice consistently regardless of talent, then in the long term it will not matter whether you started with or without talent. You will achieve your goal.


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