It’s said that you need 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill.
In photography this is translated to the famous axiom: “Your first 10,000 pictures are your worst.”
To me, that means that is ok to fail. 9,999 times to be exact!
It is though failure that we are able to identify greatness. It’s through falling that we can get up, dust off and continue on the journey.
If all we do is successful, we will never know the sweet taste of achievement. It will be a very boring existence.
It’s said that struggle is what makes us feel alive.
When we look back at our failures, we always fell happier. We got over them. We succeeded! “We are better than that”, we tell ourselves.
Of course is scary when we are failing, but we should never let fear run us.
This too, my friend, shall pass…
As photographers, when we look at our pictures from 10,000 images ago, we see how good we have gotten. How much we have advanced, as photographer, editors, human beings.
That is why I say, is always OK to fail. You will become a better person in the end.
“Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” —Wilma Rudolph