More and more people fall in love with photography everyday. This will only increase the more approachable and affordable it becomes. There seems to be some people who think that because of this photography is somehow dead. Yeah, that really makes a ton of sense. Maybe the people saying there is no way to succeed in today's saturated market, are really just the same naysayers that have been telling musicians, athletes, entertainers, scientists, or charities for years that it can't be done. Anything can be done with enough determination. And luckily for us, determination is free.
Too late for what? I have no idea. See, the point is that there is no "too late", and there is no "good enough". If you have the passion, and want something badly enough, do it. Do the hell out of it. This is my advice to people still lining up ideas in their heads, talking about someday or somehow. Go do something towards your goal now.
Many cases of successful people follow a similar pattern. They don't listen to people that try and hold them back, and they hustle their butt off.
A budding basketball star might practice for five plus hours a day. Doing this will actually make them stand out from a crowd. This has a wonderful side effect of increasing their confidence, which leads to more success. If you want this type of effect in photography you need to shoot your jumpers, and practice your dribbling. Practice shooting what you love. Immerse yourself in whatever discipline excites you the most until your nailing fade-aways, breaking ankles, and dunking in the face of whatever held you back before.
I think something that can hold you back is simply the fact that it is so easy to limit yourself. It is simple, and almost more normal to just accept well enough. Get back in line, and wait your turn. Don't rock the boat. In order to stop the cycle, and get out of the loop, there needs to be some self motivation to get yourself out there. This could be on a very local level where you are getting the word out and networking your area. This could also simply be publishing a photo online. Sometimes all it takes are consistent steps in the direction of your choice before you turn around and see you've really gotten somewhere!
My eight year old is a handful. I really don't know why I would expect anything less, seeing how I was also one, and continue to fit that same description to this day. Like a lot of kids, he sees the world in an inspiring sort of way. Sometimes when we voice a typical parental worry, he responds with such a no-brainer, worry-free quip that you can't help but smile to yourself, wishing you still had that spunk. Today he even said "no way I'd let that bother me, I'm too high spirited."
Be more like my eight year old. Believe in yourself, your art, and your ability to get where you want. Stop listening to haters, naysayers, statistics, and sometimes self doubt.
A while back I came up with this: "Ignore the echo of doubt. It only grows louder if you listen."
It's a mantra meant to help yourself push through what might hold you back. I will often talk myself out of posting a favorite photo because I'm literally afraid people are on the other end going: "Oh wow, like we haven't already seen this one 20 times Mike..." It really isn't even rational, but nonetheless the fear exists. You need to be your own best friend sometimes that says "who cares?"
I hope someone will read this and feel inspired. There isn't a good enough reason in the world, not to go after your dreams.