Risk, Fruit, and Doing What Scares You

For about the past four months, I've been hearing a theme through radio snippets, podcasts, YouTube, random comments by other creatives, etc.... It's been popping up left and right, and I'm been trying to figure out what it means for me:

"Do something that scares you. "

When I thought about what I was currently doing, there was really nothing scary about being a wedding and portrait photographer. I'd grown comfortable in the rhythms of booking, communication, shooting, and delivery. But this fear these creatives were speaking of seemed essential to growth, and I wasn't really sure how to go about obtaining it while still being a photographer. Lord knows I wasn't about to go SKYDIVING. ;)

Incidentally, this past December an opportunity to step into the role of "product photographer" for a national planner company fell right into my lap. Now, a job like this? That scares me. There's a lot on the line, and the height from which I can fall is great. I'm afraid of failure, of coming up short, of disappointing. And really, the only encouraging thing about all of this is that I'm just a little bit scared. Ok, a lot scared. Anxiety has been my appetizer as of late, but here's my encouragement cocktail: risk = fruit. 

So here's my question for you: 1) what are you risking and 2) is the fruit you will gain from said risk worth it? 

Think about it, and get back to me! I'm excited to hear what that scary thing will look like for you. :)

Emma Wheatley

TOPEKA, KS, 66606