Being Persistent and Finding Silver Linings

“The most useful form of patience is persistence.

Patience implies waiting for things to improve on their own.

Persistence implies keeping your head down and continuing to work when things take longer than you expect.”

—James Clear


Staying motivated during difficult times can certainly be a challenge.  Maybe you are working in a different environment.  Maybe you don’t have the same amount of collaboration and inspiration from colleagues that you are used to. Maybe you are trying to juggle working full-time from home while taking care of kids that are also home full-time.  Or maybe you no longer have a job due to circumstantial closures.  Whatever your situation finding a way to stay motivated and on course with your goals is important.


As an artist I have to look outside the box.  Buying art during a worldwide pandemic is definitely not on the top of most people’s minds.  But I can still find a purpose.  I can still make a difference.  If my photographs can provide a moment of beauty or a glimpse of peace or a fleeting feeling of joy in your news feed then I am succeeding.  Oscar Wilde once said “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” If that is true then let me be the bearer of beauty for your life to imitate.   That has become my motivation.


I like to believe that there is a silver lining in everything in life.  Maybe this time will allow to you reconnect with yourself and discover what is truly important to your soul.  Photography is my passion and there is nothing I love more than sharing that with others.  But I also have some regular places where I find motivation when mine is flagging.  I get a newsletter from James Clear each week that I find very motivating. It is called 3-2-1 Thursday and it is a very quick uplifting read.  I also belong to an artist marketing group and they have been having live Zoom meetings twice a week that always get me fired up.  Find what works for you, it can be anything that brings you to a better game.  Use this time wisely.  Fine tune your goals or make new ones but be persistent and you will come out ahead.



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