Have you ever felt your confidence take a hit when it’s time to offer your gifts to the world? When you say “hey, this is what I’m good at — let me help you!”, or “I value my work and you should too”. Does it almost feel wrong to ask to be compensated for something you love doing, like you should be doing it for free?
When I first started my photography business, my husband was my only source of support. The only person to encourage me to pursue my passions. At that time, the people closest to me weren’t familiar with the world of entrepreneurship, which means I often heard “get a real job”, was told that I would fail, and treated differently and with less respect... like unless I worked hard for someone else’s dreams (instead of my own), I was unworthy.
But I knew that it was my job to share my gifts with the people who need them. To be bold. To use my skills to help entrepreneurs grow their business and reach their dream clients through beautiful, on-brand imagery that shows off the quality of their products.
Being a lifelong entrepreneur, I know how much work it takes to run a business. The talent. The hours. All that goes on behind the scenes. I know what it’s like to pour your heart and soul into what you do, only to wonder if the results are even noticeable... if it makes a difference.
Over the years, I’ve shown persistence. I’ve failed and I’ve succeeded. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve learned from them. I’ve proved that I am skilled and capable. That I have the grit and determination it takes to run a business and flourish. To make a difference. To use my talents to make the world a better place.
Why am I sharing this? Because I know you may have or might still be struggling with a similar situation. I know you might sometimes feel alone or unworthy. But, my friend, you are powerful and strong. You have a gift that needs to be shared with the world. You got this!
Sometimes it just takes one person to believe in you, until you start believing in yourself. Just a little bit of encouragement to change your mindset. Just a tiny drop of hope to persevere until your first sale, and then your second...
If you’re feeling discouraged today, or overwhelmed, or tired of the naysayers who can’t possibly understand the strength and dedication it takes to make your dreams a reality because they’ve never tried — I’m here to tell you, you are seen and appreciated, and I admire each and every one of you!