Woman with hand. Green, red. Chicago, 2015
Woman with hand. Green, red. Chicago, 2015

ERIC KIM YOUTUBE

1. What is the worst-case scenario?

Vividly imagine the worst-case scenario, and mentally prepare how you are going to respond to it (and realize the worst-case scenario is often not as bad as you imagine it to be).

This is a good Stoic technique.

Related: How to Become a Street Photography Stoic

2. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger:

Realize that pain, displeasure, and stress is the stimulus to make you stronger. So when shit hits the fan in life, ask yourself: “How can I use this negative situation as a positive, to make me stronger?” Or, “How has this negative situation made me a stronger, more resilient, or more bold person?”

Realize that there is a process called ‘hormesis‘ where a small dose of poison makes you stronger.

Therefore, whenever difficulty enters your life (via poison), think of the poison as beneficial– and a stimulus to make you stronger.

3. Know what your purpose is in life:

As photographers and individuals, we were put on earth — either for a greater purpose (or, we have the chance to dictate our own values). As humans, we are happiest when around others, interacting with others, and helping empower others. Therefore ask yourself, “What are my skills in life, and how do I help empower others?” Also ask yourself, “What are my values in life, and why is it bigger than me?”

Also as a suggestion, share in the ERIC KIM FORUM why you make photos in the thread here:

ERIC KIM FORUM: Why do you make photos?

For example:

“I make photos as an artistic outlet, and I make photos to inspire and uplift the souls of my viewers.”

Excited to see your comments in the ERIC KIM FORUM.

BE STRONG,
ERIC

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