by Skip Cohen
It's Sunday morning, and I'm always off the topic of business and marketing. But, I sat down to write I had trouble with a topic. So, I started to get a head start on writing for tomorrow. Recently I got back to sharing some of my favorite quotes each morning on Twitter - every day at 10:15 am, I share a new one.
As I typed up tomorrow's and put it into the pipeline, it became the perfect foundation for today's post!
"If you hit a wrong note, then make it right by what you play afterwards."
In a program at ClickCon in Chicago two weeks ago, I told a story about Michele Celentano.
Approximately ten years ago, at a boot camp program SCU did before WPPI, she was a speaker. She got up in front of everybody and said, "Twenty years ago, I was right where you are - wondering how long it would be before my work didn't suck!" She then shared some of the worst wedding photographs anybody has ever seen.
Like the quote above - she hit a WRONG note...probably a whole album full! But the passion and love she had for this business never slowed down. She took every possible workshop she could and studied under some of the finest artists/educators in the industry.
Today's she's one of the finest family portrait artists in the world, but more importantly, she's never stopped giving back to other photographers who are just getting started.
And there's my point - whether it's your skillset as you grow as an artist, your role with family and friends, or building your business - don't waste time over-analyzing your mistakes. Instead, think of them as speed bumps and move on. You hit a wrong note - so make it right in what you play afterwards.
Wishing everybody a day with minimal challenges and if you hit a speed bump, remember it's not Mt. Everest. Drive over it and move on! Always go for those eleven-second therapeutic hugs with friends and family you care the most about and stop looking back at what you might have done wrong. Stay focused on the future and moving forward with what you can do right.
Happy Sunday, everybody...or Monday if you're on the other side of the world!
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