Kristie insisted on seeing my mistakes, and I'm so thankful to her. On our photo tour, she didn't just want me to show her examples of perfect photos, she wanted to see where I screwed up. She said that also helped her learn.
Stef told me she was happy to see my mistakes, too. I was demonstrating how to approach strangers for street portraits, and the fancy woman in oversized shades turned me down without a second thought. That really annoyed me because that woman broke my perfect streak for the day. But it had an unintended consequence.
"I learned more watching how you reacted to that failure than all the other people who agreed," Stef said.
And there was my lesson — be thankful for your mistakes. They can be useful tools to teach you how to find success. In this modern thanksgiving, I want to single out those of you who taught me to learn from my mistakes.
What’s a modern thanksgiving?
Every year, I take Seth Godin’s suggestion we adopt a modern thanksgiving. This recognition celebrates "the people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference, and the opportunity to build something bigger than ourselves, something worth contributing."
Each year, I single out a recipient and challenge you to do the same.
It takes courage to show others where you tripped and fell
I think all of us are inherently perfectionists. We want to create our best and showcase perfection. Anything less than we know we can do is a little frustrating. I get it.
In fact, I teach the opposite. Many of my alums know my secret for being seen as a better photographer — only show your best.
You taught me another important point:
"Make yourself a little vulnerable, Lyn," you said. "That way we all learn."
Thank you for helping me try to be a little more brave.
I'll leave you with the same challenge. Be thankful for your mistakes, for in them lie the clues to your eventual success.