A Life Lesson I Learned from Photography

I very recently decided to pick up photography both as a hobby and as a potential additional service for my marketing agency.

I’ve been running around taking photos of anything and everything, pestering my friends with various shots to ask for advice on how to take better photos and what lens I should invest in for a robust photography kit.

As I began to see snapshots of my life through the camera lens, I saw that different lens captured slightly different versions of the same thing, in different tones, contrasts, colour hues, etc.

I suddenly had a very cheesy, yet positive and uplifting thought.

Life is beautiful, it really just depends on what lens you choose to use.

The same event can mean happiness or worry for different people. We all know one person who is super positive regardless of what happens they manage to find something good about the situation; and the other, who always feels like the sky is falling (and not just falling, but very probable to land directly on top of them. Just them.)

So, sift through your thoughts today as you journey on through your day and notice how you are reacting to situations. Does an event really warrant you to be worried for the whole day? Do you really need to be stressed out about the job next week (it’s happening next week! Not in the next minute!)

You experience what you LET yourself experience, so change your perspective and don’t try to change the situation and you will see how easy it is to find happiness. 

HAPPY FRIDAY!

 

 

 

 

Personal Development: How to Become GREAT at Something.

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PRACTICE. PRACTICE. PRACTICE. Not the first time you’ve heard (probably the millionth time you’ve heard it). 

So why am I repeating it? I figured you were searching for a shortcut to get great at something and came across this post. Yes, I did trick you, and I did succeed because you did think there is a shortcut.

Bad news, until they come up with a way to download books and other knowledge into your brain, you’re going to have to suck it up and practice, practice, practice. 

Recently I’ve been reading Robert Greene’s “Mastery” – which basically says to become really good at something you put in about 20,000 hours studying the craft. Good luck with that but it’s a reality. Do you remember how you learned to swim? to bike? to read? I’m pretty sure you didn’t one day wake up with all the vocabulary in your head – you learned it letter by letter, word by word didn’t you?

So instead of whining about why your friend is great at doing such and such, your best course of action is to start practicing and investing time to development a key skill area that interests you. 

The key here is discovering (kudos to you if you already know) something that really interests you; to such an extent that you are willing to invest 20,000 hours of your life mastering it. 

For me, marketing and business models across different industries fascinate me. I write about it because I want to learn more about it and I want to improve my writing and communication skills. I’m probably not the best writer out there, but day by day, I’m getting there. How about you?