Life, Love & Photography :: Success Factor

November 3, 2015

The Success Factor

Here is an old quote from Woody Allen that has entered the realm of Respected Axioms. It’s a reminder that progress requires action. Allen said that 80 percent of success is showing up and I couldn’t agree more.

In a recent interview with The Motley Fool investment advisors, Allen recalled that quote: “I made the statement years ago which is often quoted that 80 percent of life is showing up. People used to always say to me that they wanted to write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the way to having something happen.”

“All the other people struck out without ever getting to the plate. They couldn’t do it, that’s why they don’t accomplish a thing, they don’t do the thing. Once you do it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you are more than half way towards something good happening. So that is the biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have failed me.”

If you want to do something, you have to start somewhere. Sometimes our dreams can seem so big and unachievable. For instance, twelve years ago I knew I wanted to become a professional photographer after taking a college class that changed my life. From that moment on, I started by taking the camera around with me everywhere I went and eventually created a portfolio to showcase my work.

I remember walking into a professional film studio for an interview and as I shared my portfolio tears began to stream down my face. I explained that I wanted to be a professional photographer but for me, it seemed next to impossible. My dream seemed too big for me at the time.

The person I was speaking with became a trusted mentor of mine and I am forever grateful for his encouragement. He taught me so much about photography. Essentially, he helped me create a foundation that supported my dreams to one day become a professional photographer. I am forever grateful for the time he invested in me.

Within that same year (2003) I had the opportunity to revisit a small town in Bahia, Brazil called Maragogipinho. As a teenager we spent a lot of time there and it was this very small town that shifted my perspective on life. Below are some images I took with my Canon A1 film camera back in 2003.