As we head into the fourth quarter, let's take it a step further and talk about some of the "weeds" in your life you need to control.
Weed 1: Stop worrying about how much you still have to learn and give yourself a pat on the back for how much you know already. Photography is an art form and nobody ever picked it up overnight. All your heroes started the same place you did, at the beginning.
Weed 2: It's time to shut off the negative people in your life. Not everybody is going to understand your dreams, but that doesn't give them the right to keep take one second away from the joy of yours.
Weed 3: Stop worrying about having the right gear. Do the best you can with what you've got. If there really is something you desperately need to help raise the bar on your images, but you can't afford it, then find a good rental house.
Weed 4: Stop thinking you're alone in your frustrations as a photographer and small business owner. Here's where getting involved in a local guild or PPA chapter is going to help. You need to be involved in the local network, not just know about it. Join whatever/whoever is in your community and start getting to know other photographers, as well as them getting to know you.
Weed 5: Take some time to think through your definition of success. Most of you are halfway there, but since you've only defined success in monetary terms, you have no idea how much you've accomplished just by being happy.
Weed 6: Get out from behind your computer...often! Your business is going to be built on relationships and you won't get to know the people who can help you the most if you're at the computer all day.
Weed 7: Stop talking and listen. There's that old saying about having two ears and only one mouth, so you've got to at least listen twice as much as you talk.
You've got so much to be proud of, but you've got to take it one day at a time, keep procrastination to a minimum and keep working to build a stronger skill set. And, I guess this is the right place to remind you to stop thinking the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence! (Sorry, just couldn't help it.)
Make it a great day everybody. Get control of those weeds!