Getting into photography for me was a process of tinkering and curiosity. I found an old camera and started experimenting with it in high school. But my tinkering started years before when I was in elementary school.
My first tinkering memory is from my grandma's house. They recently purchased a VCR, but it wasn't working quite right. So I fiddled, clicked a few buttons and - VIOLA - it was fixed. A few years later I was tinkering with the stereo system and accidentally fixed that, too. I remember my parents asking how I knew what to do to fix it ... my reply was an adolescent shoulder shrug, or something like it, because I had no idea. I just tinkered my way into the solution.
And I've been tinkering ever since. Tinkering with business start-ups, website design, painting. If it grabs my attention I'll tinker away. Sometimes for fun and temporary amusement, and other times it develops, you know, into my life's work (like photography).
To this day, when people ask me, like my parents did, how I knew to do XYZ, my response hasn't changed much: "I don't know. Got curious and tried a few things." That's not to say that all my tinkering is "successful"--there was the failed ad sales job, and the sports physical therapy internship (I nearly fainted at my own broken finger). But I can see how those experiments led me to where I am today and I'm grateful.
Im curious though why we've made it so difficult to fail in our society when the best entrepreneurs and life game-changers have royally blown it, and later written best-selling books on the topic. And I wonder, what holds you back from tinkering away at your curiosities? What could happen if you did? And perhaps more importantly, what will happen if you don't?