This is a PSA from a fellow creative – please stop comparing yourself to others.
It does you no good, and actually makes your productivity and creativity suffer. This great article on Fast Company talks about putting yourself out there and showing your work to the world:
If you’re just starting out, Kleon recommends following and interacting with people who are established in whatever field you’re interested in. “You have to start pointing your attention toward the world that you want to enter,” he says. “If you want to get fans, you have to start out as a fan.”
One caveat to that article: don’t put yourself out there and then waste time comparing yourself to the person you are a fan of. It defeats the purpose!
If you are a beginner, an amateur, or any of the above – that fresh new thinking is a good thing! That’s where the great ideas come from. The new, fun, amazing creative ideas. The stuck in the trenches types who have been in the business for awhile tend to get stuck, and we (yes, myself included) need new stuff to get our brains going.
If you are a professional, long term photographer – we need to see new things. Don’t look at the new kid on the block and think “they have nothing to add” or “damn, they’re good, I need to make sure they don’t steal my client”. You will miss some great new inspiration and possible collaboration. There is always something to learn!
Please share this post if you found it helpful! Do you get sucked in to the rabbit hole of comparison? How do you stop it?