Personally, the source of much of my vision comes from a constant pursuit of knowledge. I love the craft of photography and I can't get enough information or knowledge about it. I love to read photography books and blogs and I love to study what works for me in a picture and what misses for me. I don't do this simply to get better either, I do it because I love it. In the book, The Boldness of Boys there is a section on Wayne Gretsky. In the section, Gretsky says that when parents ask him to tell their kids to practice like he did, he says, " 'I'm not going to tell them to practice three hours a day. Let him go ride his bike if he wants' Nobody told me me to practice three hours a day. I practiced all day because I loved it." It's the same for me (although by no means do I think that I'm the Wayne Gretsky of photography), I love to read, I love photography and I love to learn. I do need to do more actual practice though and that is definitely one of my ongoing goals for 2012.
In business there is a phrase called "value-added." When I looked it up, this is what I found for a definition: "A change or addition that a business makes to a product or process before it reaches the customer or point of purchase. A "business value-added" change increases the quality and value of the product or process, but the fact of the change itself is not apparent to the customer." Hmm, maybe my value-added is knowledge? Would that make all those photography books a tax write off? I think I need to investigate this and maybe, just maybe, I can get a trip to the bookstore out of it.