“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”
GOT ME THINKING
I came across this quote a while back and it got me thinking – how do you know you are on the right path? We’ve all been there at one point or another. Either professionally or personally or maybe both. In our quest to always be the best we can be, we are always left wondering about the path not taken. Is photography the right industry for you? If so, are you doing the right kind of photography? Should you do more fine art work or did you miss your calling as a wedding photographer? The bad new is – there is no right answer. That is also the good news…
My interpretation of Campbell’s quote is that the uniqueness of your path is what makes it so great. Trying to choose the “best” path is an impossible task. Maybe you’d rather be jet-setting around the globe photographing celebrities in exotic locations – but I’m guessing the folks who do that start wishing they could spend more time at home eventually. The grass is always greener on the other side. The key is to embrace YOUR path. Settle on a destination, but enjoy the journey. After all, you may never reach the destination – so why be miserable the whole way?
Remember when you started driving and you found yourself focusing on every detail? You would watch the road directly in front of the car and it took every ounce of brain-power to keep things straight. People would tell you to watch farther down the road, but still you focused on the road immediately in front of you. I think the path thing is the same deal. If you keep your eyes on the horizon, the “stay in your lane” part will take care of itself.
A LITTLE HELP
The beauty of creating your own path is that it will eventually lead you to others with the same goals and ideas. Campbell once said
When you follow your bliss, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you.
So maybe that is what you should use as an indicator of success. If you are finding yourself surrounded by people who share your passion, you know you are on the right path. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by people who celebrate creativity and inspire others to succeed. If you don’t feel the same way, it might be time to modify your path.