I read a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt the other day:
Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart.
What a simple - but oh so meaningful - phrase. How often do we find ourselves doing things we aren’t truly interested in, yet deem them necessary? Such as going to the gym (yeah, I said it), keeping up on politics, or here’s a big one, your job? Now this phrase, most times, can be easier said than done and most will agree. I know many of photographers, yoga instructors, clothing designers, entrepreneurs, etc. who struggle to pay rent by doing what they love to do, and therefore take on another job, usually something they do NOT love to do. Necessary? Not necessarily, I say. If I have learned anything through my wide variety of jobs over the years, it has been NOT to settle for something I don’t truly enjoy doing. This may mean a tight budget for a period of time, or re-training and re-training for yet another position. But if you have the freedom to do so, DO IT! Want to be a professional photographer? Instead of settling for a serving job at a restaurant, try finding a job as a photographer’s assistant, or apply to a camera store, or an art gallery. If you are doing something you don’t really care about, you are less likely to do well at it! And there’s nothing enjoyable about that! Since the world did not end (again), I decided that for Year 2013 I would do my best to stay positive, active, optimistic, grateful and motivated to achieve whatever I am interested in achieving. I urge you all to do the same.
Happy New Year!
AUTHOR: Elana Rabin