• Compare yourself to other artists.
• Take every job that comes your way.
• Dwell on the job that got away.
• Don’t rock the boat.
• You’re only as good as your gear.
• Photography is first and foremost a business.
• Let commercial viability dictate your actions.
• Follow the trends.
• Follow the money.
• Do what you do best and stick to it.
• Your portfolio is about your past.
• If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.
• Stay focused. Daydreaming is for kids.
• Treat every job like your entire career depends on it.
I still get practicum students who are being taught to think this way in school.
(Adapted from Ten Ways to be Miserable as an Artist.)