Are You On The Right Path?

 

“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.”

—Joseph Campbell

 

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…

YOUR PATH

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?

DRIVING

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.

Comments

  1. BJ

    This is my first time hearing Joseph Campbell’s quotation. It’s little bytes of information like that, little pieces of motivation that can realign a person and push them to continue on their journey :)

    Thank you for sharing this little boost with me :)

    BJ

    • Larry

      Glad you liked it BJ. Campbell’s “Journey of the Hero” stuff is incredible as well – you should check him out.

  2. Herman Johnson

    I know this feeling Larry.
    I have just started with my businesses and everything feels new, difficult and fuzzy. Everybody else is going to work in some company but you want to do things that you love and do them for yourself. Must keep going and not to quit; eventually it blooms when you learn new things and meet new people.

      • Herman Johnson

        Thank you Larry! One more thing to mention: when you have even one person who is on the same situation, discussing with him will absolutely help and encourage both of you to keep going.

        • Wonderful post as always, Larry.

          Herman, I absolutely agree with you. No matter how unique your path there is always at least one other who is travelling a similar route. Connecting and sharing with these kindred spirits can make your experiences seem infinately less daunting.

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