Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.
What do you want to be good at?
Are you showing up and getting to work on it? Or are you waiting until you become inspired? Do you only work on these things when you feel motivated, or do you approach your work as a pro?
As for me, one thing I would like to be is a good photographer. But as I put together today’s photo essay, I realized that I haven’t been showing up and getting to work the way that I should be doing.
For example, I’ll always take my camera with me when I travel, but rarely around my hometown. I tell myself that it’s too boring around here, rather than forcing myself to become better at my craft regardless of the circumstances.
Perhaps you make excuses about needing the right environment or the right circumstances as well. I think we’ve all been there. The truth, of course, is that your circumstances rarely prevent you from making progress.
Here’s what I’m starting to realize: not every photo is a masterpiece, not every workout sets a personal record, and not every day is your best. But if you show up and get to work each day, then some of them will be.
The images below from Moscow aren’t my best, but they are a reminder that I need to continue showing up. As always, all photos are my own.
What do you want to become better at? Get to work on it. The inspiration can come later.