Run your own race.

In a profession with so many like minded, similar professionals, often I find myself questioning my choice.

Often the phrases “Am I good enough?” “She’s booking, why am I not?” “I must not be good enough, I didn’t book that client.” or my favorite “Maybe I should just quit.”

Let that sink in….

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  • I have won awards.
  • I have worked with various non profits, I have my own art gallery coming up in 2019, in Minneapolis MN.
  • I have my own studio, that I paid for with my own income (Not by being funded by my significant others wage)
  • I’ve traveled across the country to study with some of the nations best photographers.
  • I book weddings across a three state region…

And I’ve only just started. I’m only 25. I’ve only been a professional photographer for 5 years. I literally started before I could drink!! So why am I so hard on myself? Why do I keep being my own worse enemy?  Because I keep taking the blinders off.

I keep comparing myself to some random photographer, who may charge WAY less then me. Who might not even be BOOKING people, they might just be friends, model calls or free sessions.

I’ve said this before, but it sure feels fitting for what I’m feeling right now:

Comparison is the thief of joy.

We all do it. We see someone else successful, and we look back on ourselves and go… Wtf am I doing.. Why do I suck so bad..

Don’t compare yourselves to others. Don’t size up your competition instead put the blinders on and run your race.

Don’t be envious of others, instead enjoy the journey you’ve begun. Drive the negative thoughts and feelings from your head, and soon your perspective will change and you’ll be succeeding. Perception is reality, and if your outlook is poor, your life will be too.

So, back to my original topic.

Why am I being like this??  Because I am not running my race. I am too focused on what someone else is doing, to focus on what I AM DOING. And what I am doing is fantastic.

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I raised you to be a thoroughbred. When thoroughbreds run, they wear blinders to keep their eyes focused straight ahead with no distractions, no other horses. They hear the crowd, but they don’t listen. They just run their own race. That’s what you have to do. Don’t listen to anyone comparing you to me or to anyone else. You just run your own race.

Marlo Thomas

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