"You don't become what you want, you become what you believe."
I don't usually post on Saturday, but while doing a little work for next week, I ran across the quote above. Just recently I've had a couple of conversations with photographers who are frustrated with success not coming fast enough. They're thinking about making a career change, and the issue is purely timing and they're ready to give up.
Whatever your goal in life, short-term or long, you've got to believe in yourself, and to believe in yourself you have to love the journey. You have to recognize the importance of patience, and at the same time NEVER slow down on building your skill set. Last but not least, get rid of the naysayers in your life and surround yourself with positive people. Which brings me to another great quote I found from Oprah:
"Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."
Note: #MadeWithLuminar I'm having a blast with Skylum's Luminar 2018 and keeping it very simple. This was shot on an iPhone5 three years ago on Siesta Key Beach. I used one of the presets, the clarity booster, keeping the image very close to the original but tweaking the contrast/clarity a little. Sometimes the best part of the sunset is looking east, after the sun has dropped