There is one greatest reason you will all fail. It is not competition. It is not the cheap photographers. It is not you don’t have money to invest in marketing or gear. It is not you are too old or too young.
If it isn’t these things then what is it?
The reason you will fail is you.
Why is it going to be your fault? The fear of failure will either keep you from trying or once you fail you will give up.
I will tell you this, YOU WILL FAIL MANY TIMES AND IT IS OKAY. What is not okay is not attempting something because of a fear of failure or giving up once you fail.
I have personally had many setbacks. These setbacks and failures may have postponed or even caused me to make modifications to my plans and goals.
The key? Keep moving.
Another way you will cause yourself to fail is the fear of seeking honest and truthful critiques of your work. None of us want to hear that our work isn’t good or that it can be improved but when you fail to seek truthful, honest, and knowledgeable critiques you are setting yourself up for a greater personal failure later on.
When you receive feedback, read critiques, on your work whether the feedback is positive or negative research the person giving the feedback (critique) to find out if they are knowledgeable. This doesn’t mean that anyone cannot give you feedback or a critique but that the most important critiques may come from those who are knowledgeable and capable of achieving the level you seek.
The fear of failure will lead you to stay within the safety of beginners rather than to seek out the experts. Don’t allow yourself to use excuses such as “well I’m just starting out” or similar statements. As Dale Carnegie stated, ” Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”