About a week and a half ago, somewhere around take 57 or so, I turned off the computer and proclaimed defeat.
Utter, complete, bubble bursting defeat.
I was officially in a funk. A flail. A full on pout. My lower lip was protruding out so far, the dog tripped over it.
I was never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVAH going to be any good at this. So I may as well just give up now. That’s it. Party’s over. I tried. I failed. The end. Compelling story. It’s coming out in paperback this Fall.
Get your copy.
Now…. whew. Do you want to know what the really ironic part was? That thing that I had tried to do and failed at so miserably… that I had now given up on completely? That thing? Yea…
It was a video blog on handling setbacks.
I KNOW!! Oh Alanis, goddess of irony, why do you taunt me so??
I’ve had it on my goal list for about a year now to have a regular series of video blogs on here, and that’s pretty much where it’s stayed. On the list. With stars and smiley faces and exclamation points beside it. Over the past couple years I’ve done a few one-off video blogs here & there, mostly when we were traveling. But I’ve never made it a real thing that I do on a regular basis. And here I was, on my first real attempt, repeating 57 times how you have to react with integrity and get bummed but not bitter….and what do I do? I quit. I gave up.
I completely ignored my own third piece of advice: be able to say you never gave in.
Because when you really boil it down to it, I think the key to handling setbacks is just that: learn from what didn’t work the first time (or the first 57 times). And start again.
Wherever you are, whatever dream you are chasing….run toward it. Stumble, fall, get knocked down. Have a good pout about it. Stomp around your house. Say things like never ever EVAH. But then get back up. Dust yourself off. And start running again.
Because you never know, the world just might be waiting on you to shine.
Yesterday, Justin & I were featured on the Shoot2Shoot website in an interview with the oh so lovely Leslie Kerrigan. In a video blog no less, heaven help me! But Leslie asked some amazing questions & we got through it. Together. And if no other improvements were made, I at least learned that I need to never make that face you see below again.
Never ever EVAH!!!
See? Learn from it. And start again.
If you want to watch the whole interview, just click below. In it, we cover:
* How we got started
* Some bumps in the road using other second shooters before we found Julia
* How we found Julia
* Our best advice on finding second shooters/ our best advice for getting hired as one
* And much more!!