KEVIN T VU

finding direction

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on December 26, 2008

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sand. tulum, mexico.
© kevin t vu

i’ve been reading the book outliers by malcolm gladwell. its been a catharsis for my own self-reflection and how i see the road ahead of me. i’m only a thirds way through, but in it, he explains the circumstances by which one becomes an ‘outlier’ (ie. hugely famous/successful). he further goes into it by describing that many successful people have an average of 10,000 hours, roughly ten years, of hard work and dedication in their respective fields.

first, i wonder to myself, do i have the skill set, timing and circumstances to become a successful photographer? and second, looking at my own experience, starting w/ london and my graduate work which was ’07. and it now being days away to ’09. the realization that i have 8 more years, if i survive that amount of time, and then maybe…. maybe i’ll be a successful photographer, can be a bit daunting to swallow.

“SUCCESS IS A FUNCTION OF PERSISTENCE AND DOGGEDNESS, AND THE WILLINGNESS TO WORK HARD FOR 22 MINUTES, TO MAKE SENSE OF SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD GIVE UP ON AFTER 30 SECONDS.” – malcolm gladwell

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  1. claudia said, on January 5, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    hey kevin

    interesting thoughts – yours and malcom’s. What does it entails to be a successful photographer? Is joy and satisfaction in what you are doing part of it? I need to solve this question for myself i think. well thanks for the thought.
    Thanks for your hello on my blog too – was really happy to hear from you – Leigh and I just came back from our amazing trip to Brazil – i will post some photos on my blog soon – but first need to fill this coming year with exciting adventure ideas. Might come your way some time in early summer. Would love to see you again. love c

  2. Thomas said, on January 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Dude, I read about this 10,000 hours to success thing before…me thinks I have about 9,999 left to go. Fun fun fun. Hope you’re well. T


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