I've heard a particular saying numerous times that "it takes 10,000 hours to master a craft.” The motto comes from a book called “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. Although I have not yet read the book, this principle has really resonated with me and puts a lot of things into perspective.
Others quotes such as "practice makes perfect" or "reach for the moon and if you fall then you'll land amongst the stars," are a bit misleading. Perfection is impossible, and no matter what you do, perfection will never be attained. Also, the moon is closer than the stars, so if you reach for the moon and don't get there, you'd just be falling out of the sky. Sorry, there won’t be any stars to land on. Although I did take astronomy in college and I should have known that, I think I actually came to that realization by watching the Big Bang Theory. Science has never been my strength, if you know me, you know this already :) I'm no Scientist, Mathematician, Philosopher, or any of those things. I'm a photographer. I'm a photographer who wants to master her craft. And if it takes 10,000 hours to do so, I'm ready to put in the work.
I watched a course on Creative Live taught by an amazing Photographer by the name of Scott Robert Lim. He explained the 10,000 like this: 10,000 hours = 40 hours a week for 4 to 5 years, or 10,000 hours= 12 hours a day for 3 years. Now, I've been honing my craft for quite some time now, maybe a few years to be exact. But instead of trying to calculate how many hours I’ve studied books, watched tutorials, or taken pictures, I’m simply going to start over. Primarily because I know that I still have so much to learn and learning will never end. I’m still very much an amateur and I want to be a professional.
Therefore, I’ve decided that this blog will be my starting point. It will be a way for me to document my journey in becoming a better photographer, my life, my progress, and the process. I have an idea of what I want to accomplish as a Photographer. Of places I want see, and people I want to photograph, but only God knows where that journey will take me. Because God told me in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I’m going to trust that He knows the desires of my heart and he will lead me every step of the way. So, I'm just going to take this time to fall in love with the process, work hard, and practice, practice, practice!
I hope you will follow me on my 10, 000 hour journey.