When it comes to memory cards, I used to tell people I generally use any name-brand card with high data transfer rates. I never found much advantage to one over the other. Then came the Lexar debacle. I had problems (apparently I am not alone) with Lexar cards failing and even breaking and I decided it was time to look more closely at this topic.

The Olympus Tough TG-6 (Available at B&H or on Amazon) is the little camera that could. I’ve had the previous two versions and enjoyed them. My TG-5 has been a real trooper. I’ve taken it to the Arctic where I stood on the bow of a boat, in 12 foot seas…I’ve taken it to the swamps of Florida where it was hot, humid and wet…I’ve taken it to the concrete jungles of Hong Kong to the tops of some of the tallest buildings in the world and I’ve taken it to the cobblestone streets of central Kiev – no matter where I have been, I always have the Tough camera with me and it is WAY better than you would expect it to be. It’s versatile, rugged but most importantly fun.

With a hat tip to Seth Godin, I want to mention a simple point today. Validation is overrated. What someone else thinks of you or your work doesn’t have to have a negative impact on your life. Period. Why? Because there can be only one YOU and only YOU can know if your work is true to your own heart. The way to find out whether or not you “have it” is to just do it! Only YOU can give someone else permission to hurt you.