It sucks being a loser
Life is not fair. Even the greatest people have been losers on some days, and for some, it happens more frequently. Yeah, yeah...losers say it just to make themselves feel better, right? The cards are dealt, and we have to live with it. I like to be realistic, and I try to be as honest and forthcoming with all of you.
I do love Google+ for all the opportunities, all the wonderful things I’ve learned, and, most of all, the people I’ve met. This is a great community, and one that deserves honesty. It is largely a very positive community, but not all things that happen are happy or positive, that’s not a reflection of reality. So I’m going to be honest here, this has been a rough month...for my ego, which is okay, because I like to keep my ego as small as possible.
So if things are so great, why the gloomy post? Well, many of you know about the scavenger hunt that happened this month, and many of you also know about the One Plus charity book that’s coming out. The things I submitted for both never got selected. And that’s okay.
The images selected were awesome, and they deserve to be there! Actually, I haven’t seen all the ones from the One Plus book, but that’s irrelevant. I’m not writing this post to argue that at all. What I am writing about though, is that this does suck. But why?
Because I've put time and effort into something for nothing. And it does hurt a little...deep down inside, regardless of how much I say, meh, it's just a contest.
I like to reflect on things, especially when it comes to things that I feel like I could have done better. So much so that I can’t sleep at this moment because I’m contemplating it. What could I have done? Maybe I should have picked a different photo? What about processing? Composition? I think I better understand why Trey doesn’t like contests.
And then I read this post from my friend +Valentino Valdez
That’s when I realized, I suck!
The moment I think I’m good is the moment I’ve lost. Seeing other great images inspires me to get better. Critical comments help me get better. Losing helps me get better. This applies to more than just contests. It applies to +1s, circle shares, and anything to do with people acknowledging your work. Don’t let it discourage you. In fact, let it encourage
So yeah, it does suck being a loser, but so what? There’s nothing else in the world that motivates you to be a winner like losing. So it’s time to stop feeling sorry for myself, put on the creative thinking cap, and start shooting!This is not a post to generate a sympathy response...it’s really a note to myself and to others who might be feeling the same. Just have to keep driving forward. Believe in yourself.
I am very happy for all those that won the scavenger hunt, and I am extremely
happy with the One Plus book, both printed and digital! Please support the book and buy a copy! Limited editions are currently on sale with the digital copy available after Feb 21st. Digital is only $5, and about $4 goes to Kiva! http://plusonecollection.com/purchase/purchase-print-book/
This HDR image was taken with a Panasonic LX-5, 2 exposures, 0 and -2ev, processed in photomatix, and then coverted to B&W using Nik Silver Efex.I had wrote this yesterday without knowing +Mike Shaw would feature me in his stream today. What an honor and thank you Mike!