Over the last few months I've had a few conversations with photographers who were so frustrated with their business, they were thinking about quitting and just going on to another career.
Every business goes through highs and lows and sometimes you do need to completely change your marketing strategy, but that's all part of being in business. If photography for you is just a job, then quitting and doing something different might be exactly what you need to do in order to be happy.
What I hate most is hearing about somebody giving up their dream to be a professional photographer. There's a big difference between walking away from a job and giving up your dream. I found this quote from Bob Parsons of Digital Entrepreneur.
When you're ready to quit, you're closer than you think.
There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true.
It goes like this:
"The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."
No reason to drag this post out this morning...here's my point. If you're struggling and frustrated because the business just isn't coming together fast enough, then step away from it for a day. Maybe you just need a short break.
There isn't a single artist in our industry who at some point in their career hasn't questioned their direction. Remember, you're not alone, because we've all been there.
Never let go of your dreams!
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