Last night I saw something I tweeted two years ago that said: “I really wish I could play the guitar or ukulele”. Little did I know that I would be able to play one of my favorite songs, “I’m yours” by Jason Mraz, on the ukulele just to see the people around me smile or sing along. You have the ability to do literally anything.
1) Create and Acknowledge your goals.
Growing up people always told me to have goals. Being the stubborn boy I was I never really listened to them. Now that I am older I understand the importance of having goals, you have to know what you want in order to accomplish something.
Whether it is a short or long term goal you should always strive to achieve them. My freshman year in high school my AVID teacher, Jennifer Hvozdovic, always made us write our goals for school every quarter. She taught us to always make SMART goals. Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. I did meet most of my goals for school and I kept my grades at a C or higher (I probably could have done better) using this acronym. It sounds like a lot of work but it is legit. Goal setting is key, you have to know what you want before you figure out how to accomplish it.
2) Don’t let anyone get in your way to success.
Not too long ago I told a girl in my class that I was going to work on myself and no one was going to get in my way of what I wanted to do. She said that working on myself and not letting anyone get in my way is “selfish”. Working on yourself is NOT “selfish”, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Growing up I had a good friend named John Akturk, we are still friends today and we are both busy working towards our goals. If anyone has drive, it is John. When we were younger John decided to start rapping. John didn’t “try” to make music, he MADE music. I remember when John was called YT, when Turk Productions was born, was called J The Poetic, the day he got his first mic and speakers, I remember it all. So many people doubted John and his ability to make great music. John kept hitting these people with his original songs and no one was stopping him. He released Designer, Celly Blowing up, BACKDOOR EP, HEARTBREAKHOTEL, Quick Quick, and more. I can’t count how many songs has dropped because he’s been working hard since we were in middle school. People would talk condescendingly and say he will never make it on stage, you know what he did? John went on tour and performed for hundreds. Today, John is known as Fridaynite. The thing I admire about Fridaynite is that he didn’t let anyone get in his way, no matter how many people doubted him he never stopped making music. If anyone is going to make it in the music industry it is Fridaynite.
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3) Never ever give up!
It is so cliché but it is so true. Another person I admire most is my older brother Andrew. I look up to him because he is my older brother, he doesn’t let anyone get in his way when he has a goal, and he never gives up. I remember when he tried to learn how to do a backflip, he never stopped. He failed hundreds of times, he landed on his head and everything. He never gave up. He did everything in his power to be able to do a backflip, he kept trying whenever he had the chance and he even went to APEX which is a gymnastics gym near our house to learn. He wanted to learn so bad he walked to APEX.
If someone has done it before, you can definitely do it! It only means it’s not impossible.
The day I first saw a daytime long exposure I was so inspired. I wanted to go out and take one myself. I watched videos, studied hundreds of photos on Instagram, I looked at what they all did and tried to figure out how to make my photo original. Planning and being inspired was the easiest part, taking the photo was not. Know that I have NEVER taken a photography class (I really want to and I will in the future), I am a trial and error photographer and I have learned from the internet. The first hour was horrible, I forgot my tripod so my camera was sitting on my shoe. So imagine a young man fiddling with a camera with one shoe on the public sidewalk. I sat in a single spot for an hour and a half and only got four good photos out of 112.It was all worth it, I got the shot I desired and I was very satisfied.
4) Don’t let another Person’s success discourage you.
Often times I look at a successful photographer’s photos for inspiration. I compare my work to theirs and ask myself what I can do better. I even email these photographers asking for feedback on my photos and what I can improve. Before I used to think my work will never look like this or it will never be good enough. I was discouraged by these photographers success, they had such great photos and I thought I would never be able to get to their level. At least not yet.
No one is born with pure talent.
Take a look at all the greatest athletes you know today. Let’s use Tom Brady for example, Tom Brady didn’t pick up a football and knew he would play in the NFL and win five Super Bowls. Tom Brady puts his shoes on the same way you do, you are no different than he is. I am 100% positive Tom Brady has put countless hours into his football career and all those hours paid off. He has role models and people who have inspired him just like you do. Work hard and look at the results. One day someone will be inspired by your success.
5) If you can say it you can do it!
I would like to thank my ex for helping me become the person I am today. I remember I used to daydream about doing things instead of actually doing them. I will never forget the day I said to her “I wish I could become a photographer”. She simply said, “then become a photographer”. I really thought about it and I said to myself “I will become a photographer”. That is exactly what I did, I became a photographer. I don’t know what makes a person a photographer and I do not think there is a requirement to be a photographer. I bring my camera with me everywhere and leave it in the glove compartment in my car so if a photo opportunity ever comes I am ready. I may not sell my work or services yet but I still consider myself a photographer because I love taking photos and it is something I will enjoy for the rest of my life.
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As Logic would say, Peace, Love, and Positivity!