There's a great term that describes statements people often make. It's called a "self-fulfilling prophecy".
While they can be positive, most often they're negative. The online explanation is: .."a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the original false conception come 'true'." Essentially it's simply the act of sabotaging your own potential good fortune on an attitude of "if you define a situation as hopeless, it will be!"
We all know people who spend their lives on the negative side of life. Their favorite expressions are, "Well, that will never work!" and "We already tried that!" I'm not suggesting things aren't tough in photography right now, but ask any small business owner and everybody has felt the pressure of the last few years.
But, here's the good news - you can turn it around with a lot of hard work and it all starts with a positive attitude!