Just to even think about it, I can say, “I’m done.” Just like that. I’ve thought about quitting so many times. Obviously things take time to happen, but when I’ve been on the receiving end of so many failures the thought of quitting just keeps on coming up.
Someone told me that money was a bullshit reason to give up what I love. I want to say he or she is half right. This is what I make my living off of and when I can’t make rent, or be able to live comfortably without worrying about which job will come next to pay the bills I get really scared. You guys don’t understand that really the only people that buy prints of mine do so because of the person who is in the pictures. I don’t want to rely on that. Some people I know are on the road with the same people, over and over and over again. I know they’re happy and they do kick-ass work, but that’s not me. I really, really don’t want to live like that anymore.
In no way am I looking for pity. Every time I pick up a camera I feel like I meant to be doing it, it’s just hard when other people don’t believe enough in you to make an investment. I’m not Mark Zuckerberg. I don’t have my best friend willing to give me 19 grand to start my website. I don’t have anyone willing to invest in getting my portfolio book made. It’s all me. And there are people out there judging me for selling prints, or trying to crowd source funds. I am doing everything I can to make this work.
I don’t feel like I owe an explanation to anyone but some of you have said some really nice things about how I inspire you, and for that reason I’ve said to myself that I can’t give up, and I can’t quit. If you admire me for the work I do please, stick around. If you’re only interested in me because of the people I know, I suggest you hit the unfollow button because that part of my life is over and I’m moving on.
I’d rather try every possible resource I have than just simply give up. And if I do quit, to all those who I’ve inspired, I had a great run and don’t regret anything. There are just things I can’t give up on just yet. So like I said, stick around.
I went to college, St John’s University, graduated with a BA in History, became a photographer and wasted my parents money. IF YOU WANT TO BE LAWYER, A DOCTOR, A PHARMACIST, by all means go to college. That’s not the point I was making. I was totally disagreeing with the schooling in this country.
Do you see the age of these kids, who can code better than thirty year olds, and start successful companies before they turn 16? Did they go to college for that? For some things a college education is expected and useful, BUT IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL IT IS NOT REQUIRED.
That is the point I was trying to make.
Let’s look at stats. 71% of all graduates graduate with an average of about $29,000 of debt. Also, about 29% of graduates have found work related to their major of study.
Why are we teaching our kids world history, physics, and a multitude of other subjects they don’t need? If it were up to me I’d teach kids the basics—arithmatic, reading/writing and a language of their choosing, and from a very young age. At this age kids start to become very involved in figuring out what interests them, so as a responsible PARENT (not the government) you take the time to make sure your chid is active in the field he/she is interested in.
Have you seen most high schools in America? Full of kids who don’t care and are overeducated in bullshit. What makes it right for aptitude tests to dictate whether or not a child can succeed?
The education system in the country is GOD AWFUL. And kids at this very minute keep telling me they’ll be happy with their college degrees, and paying off college loans because they’ll be making hundreds of thousands right out of the gate. And that’s the problem with kids now. They think they’ll become vice president of whatever company they work for all because they have a college degree.
The Pursuit of Happyness. A movie staring my buddy Jaden Smith and his dad Will. Story of a man who becomes homeless who wants to become a stock broker, but in order to, STUDIES ON HIS OWN FOR SIX MONTHS, TAKES A NON PAYING INTERNSHIP AND LANDS A JOB AND LATER BECOMES A MILLIONAIRE. Did anyone see him going to college. This was based on a true story.
The point I’m simply making kids, is don’t put all your hopes and dreams of succeeding on the simple idea of having a college degree will get you them. HARD WORK, DETERMINATION AND THE WILLINGNESS TO NOT FAIL IS ALL YOU NEED.
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