Inspired by +Chris Brogan
newsletter today. You'll have to go over to his website to subscribe to it if you'd like the full context of the drawing.
Chris' email today made me think about the nature of being a creative. For instance, many people dream of being a professional photographer. It's a fine ambition. Sadly, the perceived lifestyle and the real one differ greatly. Professional photographers spend most of their time not taking photographs. And when they do take pictures, it's often to a very strict brief that someone else has written. That's why so many become disillusioned with the job. Well – it's one of the reasons. There are many more why people burn out as photographers.
So, maybe achieving the dream, reaching the end goal of becoming a professional photographer, isn't such a great thing after all?
Perhaps a better ambition is to figure out what appeals about the notion of being a professional photographer and work towards that. I think +Tim Ferriss
wrote in one of his books that people don't really want to be millionaires. Instead, they want the millionaire lifestyle – something that could possibly be achieved on a lower budget.
Similarly, do enthusiast photographers really want to become professional photographers, or would they rather enjoy the 5% of things that are really appealing about being a professional? That 5% is possible without changing careers.
Of course, there is one thing that muddies the waters.
Being a professional photographer is wonderful. The 5% makes up for the 95%.