Embracing Failure

Nikon D810 with Nikon Micro 105mm f2.8G; ISO 100, f11, 1/125s @ 105mm

Successful people view failure in a completely different light compared to unsuccessful people. They see failure as nothing more than a step on the ladder up to success. More importantly they see failure as a unique opportunity, an opportunity to learn from their mistakes.

Failure is unpleasant. Fear of failure causes inaction. If I do not act then there is surely no way that I could ever fail. But inaction means that you will also never succeed. Instead you should embrace failure. If you are not failing it means you are not even trying.

There is a joke that says your first 10,000 photographs are terrible and you only get better after that. There is a small grain of truth in that statement. It comes down to practice. The more you photograph, the better you become. And this is where the professionals have a massive advantage over the amateur – shot count. Professionals spend countless hours everyday practicing and figuring out what works and why it works.

One might argue that the only way to succeed is to fail. Repeatedly. Case in point, the photograph above of the water droplet. I did not get that on my first attempt. It took me 60 shots before I got that shot.

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