Development of Expertise,  Photography

A Goal and Persistence

“Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.” – Bear Bryant

If you are passionate about a goal or dream of yours then don’t stop until you achieve it. Do whatever it takes. Persisting in the face of adversity is what builds champions.


Goals for Practice

“When you are planning a practice session, set a specific goal for that particular practice. Just like setting your ultimate goal, set your practice goals the same way. You know your starting point (current ability level), now determine where you want to be at the end of the practice.

When I was learning photography, I wanted to be able to focus faster and consistently (there were no auto focus cameras back then). I went down to the beach with a 200mm telephoto lens and would try to focus on the seagulls in flight. The seagulls had to fill the frame and be in sharp focus. It took awhile but I was able to consistently take sharp pictures of seagulls in flight. My starting point, I was not able to focus consistently on moving objects. My practice goal, to consistently take sharp focused pictures of seagulls in flight.”

An excerpt from – How to Become the Best at Anything Chapter 6, Goals and a Path