When we are children, we have an innate desire to seek validation from our parents or our teachers. Probably because we think that they know best, that they are bastions of knowledge — and in that context, they essentially are. But what is the purpose of seeking validation from others when we are adults?
External validation is something that most photographers and videographers seek out at some stage in their careers, especially when starting out. Hell, I think it's fair to say that most people seek out validation from others; it is, after all, part of our nature to want to belong to a group, to be accepted by them. But when one truly realizes that the ultimate freedom from judgment is the ability to accept who you are for yourself, then there is no more need or desire for external validation.
In this short but honest discussion about self-perception as it pertains to the creative individual, the team at The Futur sit down to flesh out how the way you perceive yourself can have a dramatic effect on your life and business. The laid-back chat broaches topics like the profound TED Talks of Brené Brown, relating to Vulcan culture, and an insightful quote from one of the coolest people to have ever lived: Miles Davis. My favorite part is what Chris Do has to say about not letting people's perception of you affect how you perceive yourself, be it negative or positive.
Have any of our readers freed themselves from the desire for external validation?