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Our baby turned 7 months old today. Like most seven month olds, she tends to fall.

A lot.

She’s not even crawling yet and still, she manages to fall quite a bit.

The point here is not to talk about how clumsy my kid is, but instead about how great we’ve gotten at the old parent-secret, the misdirection. It goes a little something like this.

Baby falls. “Oh, she fell. Oh, she fell!! Yaaaaaaaaaay! You fell! Good job! Yaaaaayy!”.

Insert a great deal of hand-clapping and you’ve got the full picture.

She falls, she cries for about 3 seconds, then she’s too distracted by her parents dancing around an clapping like idiots to remember that she fell and that it hurt.

So what’s my point?

As a photographer (and a business owner in general), there will be plenty of people out there who will tell you about all the ways you’ve failed, that will point out your mistakes in an effort to “help”.

Sometimes this is actually helpful.

But sometimes, we just need to surround ourselves with people who will clap and cheer for us whether it’s because we did something amazing, or even when we fail.

And even if it’s only to distract us from how much it hurt.

So, how about you get out from behind your computer sometime this week and go interact with people. Like, for reals, face-to-face interaction.

Go work on building that community of people who will be your cheerleaders.

And go be that cheerleader for someone else.

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