The “why not” factor

It is amazing how many great things can happen when someone just says “Why not?”. Well, sometimes anyway… Standing on the top of a 48 story building and saying “Why not?” when someone suggests jumping off the roof is probably not the epitome of a great example when the question helped improve oneself!

But just how many advances in human history have come about because one person simply tried something while thinking “Why not? It may work”. The steam engine, electricity, space travel… would any of these things happened if someone had come up with a billion reasons of why something shouldn’t be done rather than just giving it a shot?

I have probably tried something just for the sake of trying it numerous times… sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. One of the times where I am quite pleased with the results was when I signed up with DT about 3 years ago.

I had been taking photographs (or should I say snaps) seriously for about a year and I was quite pleased with myself. But there was always a slight niggling feeling that there was more to be done. One night I went on-line on the Internet and while researching some particular photography technique came across the concept of micro-stock. And after researching a little bit more “Why not?” popped up in my head.

I signed up on DT and started submitting my archive like a person possessed. A few photographs were accepted and a lot were rejected. But it gave me some idea of what was wrong and what was right with my pictures. Sales were very slow and rare, but every time one occurred it brought with it a strange rush of adrenaline and fed the hunger a bit more.

After almost exactly 3 years, my approval rating is climbing (ok it is inching upwards rather than leaping, but it is still progress) and sales have become a little more frequent. I have almost earned $1,000 and I hope I can truly say that my photography has improved considerably.

Just to give you an idea of the progress made in 3 years. Every time one of my photographs was bought I used to jump around with excitement, and now when there is a day when my earnings do not increase from the previous day’s balance I am disappointed. I actually expect to sell at least one photograph a day, as opposed to before when I was actually surprised that I had sold anything at all.

“Why not?” really worked out for me in this case. Or rather it was the answer to the question that really did the trick. Instead of saying “Because people will judge my pictures” or “Because I’m not good enough” or “Because it’s a waste of time”… I just answered “Absolutely, why the hell not. There’s nothing to lose and there may even be something to gain”.

“Why not?” may just be one of the greatest questions anyone could ever ask themselves, but make sure the answer you give is one of encouragement rather than one that breeds fear and hinders you.

Photo credits: Abdul Sami Haqqani.

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August 03, 2009


Very nice article! I totally agree! I suppose something like "why not"? brought me here too. More than a year ago I learned about the concept of stock photography, and since I just happened to have some photos, I tried (well... why not?) uploading them :) It caused me a lot of fun, the money for a SLR and therefore even more fun ;)

August 03, 2009


That worked for me, too. I couldn't do much 3 years ago when I had dial-up, but once I could get a good connection I was ready to tackle the world through my computer!

July 29, 2009


So true. For me, it was a quote that I read: "What would you do if you knew you could not fail?"

July 29, 2009


great inspirational article.. thanks and wishing you more and more sales on here... why NOT??!!

July 29, 2009


Lovely article and reminds me of a quote from - George Bernard Shaw - "You see things and say Why? But i dream things that never were and say Why not?" Best wishes.

July 28, 2009


I agree, why not, another saying goes "nothing ventured, nothing gained".

July 28, 2009


This is a very interesting article. "Why not?" is really one of key questions of our life and it's very important not to be afraid of answering it the way you answered. This is exactly what I'm learning to do now) And it makes my life more interesting.
Great portfolio! And nice example of what answering “why not question” may lead to)

July 28, 2009


Great work!

July 28, 2009


Great portfolio!!! Love the night shots,
"Why not" also worked out for me, but it was more like, "What the heck, you'll never know if you don't try."

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