Today’s question came from John, who asked me for the five things I would tell my younger self.
This is a fairly common question when interviewed for podcasts or blogs.
But this is the first time I was asked the question for the #AskScottWyden series. So here we go!
My question what five tips would you give your younger self to maximize your skills and income growth with hindsight or experience.
That’s a fantastic question! Your question is an interesting one because it touches on both skills and income. Oddly enough, even if your question just touched on skills, I would have still answered with business related statements.
Let’s dig in, shall we?
- Slow the heck down and think about what you love doing. I was originally going to college for music and realized I hated music theory. But with help from friends and family, I realized I loved photography theory. So I switched majors and never looked back.
- Learn everything about what you love. Learn the history, learn the equipment, learn the techniques, learn the business. The list can go on forever.
- Slow down and enjoy the craft. I used to be like so many other photographers and capture as many frames as I can. That isn’t how you grow. Check out this video where I talk about slowing down. That is something I wish I did from early on.
- You don’t need all that gear. My first digital camera was the Kodak DCS 14N, and it was a monster of a camera. It was the size of the Nikon D5, yet it was slow as masses. It was, however, 14 megapixels at a time when most DSLR cameras were around 7 megapixels. I spent most of my savings on the camera body. Then I picked up a bunch of professional Nikon lenses. Years later, I use a smaller Nikon Df and D810 and mostly prime lenses. Over time, I learned I did not need the most expensive gear or so many extra lenses. Now, if you add up my multiple camera bodies, it’s less cost than a Nikon D5. If you add up all my prime lenses, it’s less expensive than the 24-70 or 70-200 f/2.8 lenses.
- Find what software works best for you. I originally learned Photoshop, but the amount of time I spend in Photoshop these days is a fraction of my time in Lightroom and ON1 Photo. I wish I spent more time learning those instead of Photoshop. But then again, they didn’t exist when I was in college learning Photoshop.
So there you go. Those are just five of the things I would tell my younger self. Now I just need a time machine.