Two weeks ago, I climbed Mt. Adams. All 12,276 feet of it.

Before the hike I was pretty nervous. I hadn’t trained enough, I was using borrowed mountaineering boots and crampons, and I knew it was going to be hard. Mountaineers typically describe Adams as a “slog.”

Pulling up to the trailhead the night before, and looking up at the mountain, I had some serious doubts if I was going to be able to pull it off.

View of Mount Adams in the distance.

That summit looked far.

But it was something I really wanted to do. So, in spite of all the doubt, I got up at 3:45am and started. One step at a time. For 14 hours.

At times along the way, reaching the top seemed impossible. There was one snow field in particular that seemed to go on forever. Stopping to rest every 15 minutes or so, I’d look up and feel like I’d made no progress for hours.

But eventually, each small step added up and there I was, thrilled to be standing at the top.

Standing at the summit of Mount Adams

At the summit, getting ready to glissade down.

Stock photography kinda works the same way. Sometimes it feels like you’re not making any progress. This is why I send out this newsletter every week. To keep encouraging you to move forward, one small step at a time.

When you’re getting going with stock photography, there will be plenty of moments where you feel overwhelmed and unsure if you can do it.

Trust me you can. You really can. And here’s a small piece of advice — rather than looking at the big, overwhelming end goal, just look at what’s in front of you… and keep taking one small step at a time.

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