Here’s an excellent question I got in the dm requests a few days ago. It’s totally justifiable.
And let me be clear, most of us struggle with self-doubt and not producing work that’s good enough, no matter where exactly we are in the process.
We appreciate people who are good enough and so we label others but also we label ourselves. And we want to do that sort of work too, we’re just not good enough.
Here’s your trap.
In literally every creative work case, the truthful sentence is, “not good enough yet.”
Of course, at least once you took a few good pictures last year and that last one you uploaded maybe is pretty decent. At least once you had a great idea or set your manual settings correctly to get that perfect exposure. So it’s not that you can’t do it.
It might be that you don’t care enough to really try. If you do, consistency is key.
Around 5 years ago I read Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art”.
You know, the guy that like almost every other artist literally had to write ten shit books and throw them in the trash before he wrote a good one. Here’s a quote from the book:
“Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. Why is this so important? Because when we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. The process is set into motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unforeseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose.”
Put yourself out there, and do your work. Start taking pictures and uploading them consistently. Yes, the likes will be shit at the beginning, we’ve all been there. Close your eyes and commit to it.
It’s true that you’re not good enough yet. None of us feel good enough. But if you commit to trying hard enough and long enough, you’ll get better. Long run.
George Kroustallis // Minorstep