"Don't listen to so-called experts. I sent a tape in 1980 to all the record companies, all the majors and minors at the time, 23 of them; "Crimson and Clover," "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." They all wrote me back rejection letters. That either tells me they don't listen to the tapes they get or they can't hear hits. It's scary they passed on all of those hits. So, if you think you've got what it takes and really believe in yourself and you're ready to take a lot of crap and still want to do it, go for it."
I know it's easy in a blog post for me to remind you the importance of believing in yourself, but it's the most important trait you need to have. My buddy, Ron Dawson had me on as a podcast recently and the episode went live yesterday. On the podcast, he asked me the biggest mistake I've made, and my answer was "not believing in myself." It happens to all of us.
So, you have to keep working on things to build your confidence. You have to keep developing your skill set, presenting the best images you can capture/create. With every client, make working with you an experience. If you've got a passion for teaching/speaking, start out with smaller groups and keep fine-tuning your message. In establishing a new business, you need to be active in your community and always work to establish a strong brand. The key is to keep challenging yourself and have faith in your abilities.
Your success is about your passion for the craft. There it is, that word "passion" comes up over and over again in so many posts, but here's what happens. Stay focused on your dreams. When you least expect it, everything is going to come together!
You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward
and uncomfortable when you try something new."