We hear a lot about how we shouldn’t compare ourselves to someone else’s work. Our beginning to their middle, so to speak. I watched the Come Together Event with Amy + Jordan Demos, and Katelyn James last night and it was worth every penny I spent to watch it. Not only was it full of valuable information, but it was also really encouraging and uplifting.
Comparison is the thief of joy. I’ve blogged about it before. It’s true, yet we get caught up in comparing our lives to everyone else’s. To every person that we think has “made it.” In reality, the people that we think have made it do not think that about themselves. Then again, our perception is our reality.
Something I learned from watching this event is that we CANNOT be anyone else. It just won’t work. I can only be me, and there is only ONE me. No one else can take that! It’s 2015. So much of what we do is a spin-off of what we see someone else doing, and that’s okay. We’re taking things we like and we’re making them special to us and our businesses. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel. After all, no one has a copyright to the hugging pose. So in a world, especially in the photography industry, where so many people are doing the same things, the only way we can stand out from the rest is to show who we are to the world.
We cannot build up an online presence based on what everyone else is doing, if it is not true to who we are. It just won’t work! If we cannot live up to our reputation online, in the real world, then our businesses will start to crumble. Give yourself time to find your voice and figure out who you are in your business and what you want to accomplish. Fight for your dream, and work as hard as you can, because it’s not going to happen just by wishing for it.
I can only be me. I’m starting to actually understand that now.
And because every blog post deserves a pretty picture… here you go! 🙂