Why not me? By Sam Nobes

I’ve been studying and practicing photography for over 5 years. I have always been told to follow my dreams and to pursue a career that I would enjoy. It may seem like obvious advice and I didn’t think too much of it whilst I was younger, but when your dream is the same as thousands of others, you doubt your own ability to turn that dream into a reality.

Photography is one of the most competitive industries in the world, it’s cut throat and can be very hard to acquire clients. In a way I have always viewed my favourite photographers in the same way that some people view celebrities. I feel they must possess something I that I could never have – an unobtainable talent that separates the pros from everyday folks like me.

To feel unworthy in an industry that’s inundated with amazing talent is not abnormal. However, to let your dreams be dragged down by what is a rather surface outlook is no way to approach your goals.

It’s important to believe in yourself, to believe that with hard work you can acquire whatever you want out of life (forgive the cliché), but it wasn’t until I had met some of the photographers that I admired so much that I began to change my outlook on my career as they too went through the same psychological battle that we all do when starting off in a new walk of life.

I recently came across a photographer I admired on one of the Maximise Potential Podcasts (Giles Christopher).

I think the inspiration and encouragement one can get from hearing from a professional, well, award-winning photographer talking about their own path and struggles is incredible.

It has really got me thinking that I can do it!

Why not me?

I’m currently working on a proposal for a commission that’s in the pipeline. It will consist of a series of portraits for an electronic record label, plus with the networking I’m doing at the moment along with the newly found confidence I have been given, I feel I can get to where I want to be. It’s surprising what you can do with a little guidance and believing in yourself.

Thank you Giles, and thank you to the Maximise Potential website for helping me approach my goals with the right attitude.

I hope others find the site to be as inspiring as I did.

If you would like to see how I’m doing then you can visit my website: www.samnobes.co.uk or follow me on twitter @samnobesphoto.

Hi Sam,

I’d just like to personally thank you for submitting your story and I’m so pleased Giles’ interview has had such a positive impact on your mindset.

It seems as though you can really visualise a career for yourself in photography now and from all of us at Maximise Potential, we wish you all the best!

Please keep us informed of your progress.


About the Author

Hi, I'm Tom Burkinshaw, I co-produce the Maximise Your Potential Podcast and Website and my goal is to help as many people as possible be successful in life, careers and business, by offering free coaching and mentoring through a series of unique interviews from inspiring people who all display exceptional self-belief, mental toughness and desire to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to visit Maximise Your Potential!