While I sit here in this coffee shop waiting for my partners to show up to discuss our new project (coming soon! look for it!) I began thinking about the all mighty comfort zone. We all have it and we all spend far too much of our lives in it. I read an article recently written by my friend Solstice Retouching (click it, great read.) about staying motivated and inspired in this fast paced world of ours. He talks about how sometimes hearing about our idols mistakes vs. their accomplishments is a better thing for us. Everyone messes up from time to time. The difference is, the greats keep on going, while everyone else shy's away and heads to the comfort zone. The key part to being successful in your chosen field is by getting out of that comfort zone and doing something great. Pushing away the fears, doubts, and insecurities and just going after those dreams. Sure it is scary, no one wants to do it. Why would you want to leave your comfy little spot where nothing goes wrong and you have nothing to worry about?
But I can tell you from my personal experiences, my greatest accomplishments all come from me breaking out of my mold and doing something risky. Whether that be sending that email to the client you have always dreamt of having or trying some out of the box photography technique that isn't the flavor of the week. I know, I know. We have all heard it time and time again. Don't be afraid to be told no. Don't be afraid of failing. It really is true. There exists only two outcomes from these situations. You succeed and create something wonderful or you learn an extremely valuable lesson from the situation. Sure, one is better than the other. But honestly, they are both positive outcomes. So I urge you all to step right on out of that comfort zone and do something outlandish. If you do, send it to me. I would love to hear about your experiences. Of course, you could take the other route...you know....sticking with what you know and continuing on the same path. Fine by me, I'll let you know how the ride to the top is!