I was listening to On Taking Pictures Podcast last night and they started off talking about Gary Vaynerchuk encouraging people to make something and share as they went along rather than just think and talk about making something someday…maybe. This really struck me as I realised that I have been guilt of this crime (perhaps less most recently but certainly at times). I’ve tried to combat it in the past by taking breaks from blogging.
With something like photography, it is easy to get too caught in our heads. This can be when out taking photos and questioning whether something is worth photographing or not, on the other hand it can be when at home considering a photo project or looking up gear. Instead of taking action, we think about things, we try to be “artists” and work out clever ideas.
This isn’t limited to photography, it can be in all sorts of areas with work, business, spirituality and so on. Instead of getting on and doing stuff (stuff which moves projects forward) we think…and maybe chat instead of making (or doing) something.
Doing is simpler than we think
Often doing and making things turns out to be a heck of a lot simpler than we fear. This week I’ve needed to prepare for a presentation. I massively over estimated the time it would actually take me to prepare for it but I’ve tried to avoid doing the work a lot. If I’d just attacked it rather than let it attack me, I would have finished much sooner and had more time for photos, coffee and my wife.
This was really helpful to realise as there are a couple of simple actions that I can do that will be big steps for interesting projects that I had been thinking of doing. After hearing this podcast I’m going to do those actions tomorrow (well some of them at least).