#2. Seek Out your Betters, Listen, Learn.
I’m embarrassed to remember how many of my mentors I’ve disrespected by being a know-it-all around them. Photographers by nature are independent risk-takers. But displaying your own vast knowledge instead of listening to someone with something to teach you, who is willing to teach you, is to squander a gift. [Sorry Derek! Sorry Brian!] Find someone whose work blows you away – a mentor – then shut up, listen, watch and learn.