Sidewalk Affirmation

One of my favorite books of the last few years is an autobiography about the artistic and professional life of Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert.

Adams candidly recounts far more failures than successes. I find reading about losses can teach as much or maybe more than victories.

One of the things that Scott Adams considers to be a factor in his success is his reliance on affirmations, to the point that it appears that he has almost willed his own victories just by telling himself it would be so.

I think he’s on to something. Focusing the mind and reminding yourself that something is attainable is the kind of medicine that has no limitation on dosing and can deliver great results.

A few months ago I was walking in lower Manhattan following a photo session on Wall Street and I noticed this sticker on the metal part of the curb. For many, I’m sure it appears trite or ever dumb. But for me it was revelatory and completely true. I had just finished a great session with my favorite client that involved photographing two interesting people in arguably the greatest city in the world.

That’s pretty much the epitome of, “you’re doing great.”

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.