You can only be...
You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you —Maya Angelou
So, I thought that on Mondays I would have it be "Meaningful Quote Monday" (cheesy, I know, stop laughing). I want to be able to find quotes that are meaningful and how I think it relates to photography and even my life in general. I hope you enjoy reading them, if not- I'll take your feedback and criticism to grow off of.
I've always loved this quote by Maya Angelou, so much so that I even had it as my high school yearbook quote. This quote packs a lot of truth in it—you really can only be truly accomplished at something you love. Imagine doing something that you absolutely hate are you going to be driven to accomplish out tasks? Probably not. When you are truly passional and have a love for what you do you will become truly accomplished. As for me, my accomplishment is moving along. I love photography. I love the fact of being able to capture the smiles of people's faces and to freeze a moment in time of a memory that will last a lifetime. Because I love what I do, I work wholeheartedly towards my ultimate goal, step, by step, by step, each day.
Money is not my goal. I am not trying to be the richest photographer out there and charge $12,000 for portrait sessions. I understand that in order to run a successful business and make a profit that you have to make money- but I don't do what I do because of money. My main goal is to produce quality images and create beautiful moments for individuals and families. I want to be able to touch a life and have an impact in some way on my clients. I want to see my clients for who they are and not as people who are going to give me money for a photography session. Ultimately, as the last part of Maya Angelou's quote says, I want to do the thing that I love (photography) and do it so well that people can't take their eyes off me.
So I would say to YOU— Don't make money your goal but pursue the things you love doing (whatever that may be) and do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of YOU. Be encouraged, reach for your goals and always Dream Big!