Are you constantly trying to learn new things to improve your skills, professionalism, and style? I know personally, that I strive to become a better photographer, marketer, wife, friend, colleague, etc. the list goes on (not necessarily in that order, but you get the picture). Why? Well, I don't think it's good to become self-satisfied in my thinking and doing.
I think it can be so easy to become complacent. I think in many ways many companies have become stagnant and have thought, "The old marketing ideas have worked, so we will continue doing them, even if they aren't as effective as they first were..." I think it's highly valuable to always be on your best game - always be researching, always be looking for new angles and new ways to say and do things.
I'm currently reading the book Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0 (picked it up today and will finish the last 50 pages tomorrow - it's that interesting!) and it's unbelievable the amount of FREE sources we have to find information. Information about jobs, about how to improve ourselves, how to be more creative, and more. The information is endless. (And just a side note, in case you are wondering because of the book title, I am looking for a job - more info on that later)
Especially, when you think about the internet. This book has made me realize that the internet is constantly changing. What I have learned today about search engines and helpful sties is now old news. It is impractical to think that you could keep up with everything.
So...What does this have to do with photography or me?
I have been mulling over in my mind lately the idea of complacency and I really don't want it in my life. I want to become better in all the things I'm associated with. As things change, I want to change. I want to embrace change. Especially in the photography world. Do you want change in your specialty or personal life? When you honestly think about it, does the word change scare or motivate you? I think to become more effective in whatever your calling/job is in this life, you must not become complacent.
And just want to mention that by using the word complacent, I'm not meaning content. I DO feel that you should be content in the situation you are in. I think there must be a balance of being content, yet not being complacent. You are always looking for new opportunities to grow your skills, talents, ideas, etc., but you are okay where you're at for the time being because God has brought you to that situation/place for a specific reason. It's just not becoming stuck there, unwilling to move because you're comfortable. Which, as humans we have a knack for doing.
Anyways, that is some of what I'm learning right now. Do you have any thoughts regarding complacency, being content and so forth? I'd love to hear them.