I almost failed out of high school so the idea of ever becoming the best at anything never even entered my mind. But I was looking at it all wrong.
It's not like I wasn't smart, I just didn't care. I lacked the drive. I knew I was going to film school so why work hard on math when I could be shooting fun movies with my friends? I'm a very passionate person. When I get an idea in my head that excites me I get tunnel vision and I RUN WITH IT! I crushed it at film school. I was the only student in my major to graduate with honors (See I'm not dumb, I just cared more about how a camera can tell a story then I did Pythagoras Theorem). When I made the transition from working on TV and Film to Wedding Photography I found a whole new level of drive. It's all I thought about. Camera's, Lenses, Memory card write speeds, Flash's, Inverse Square Law (ok so math can be a liiiiittle fun). But there is a point where you learn all that stuff. You work on your craft and you become continually better than you were yesterday and then.... now what?
Now you're looking at everyone else's work for inspiration so you can become a better photographer. You watch YouTube videos all day in the hopes that you can learn one tiny tip that might make your workflow easier. You join every Facebook group for photographers and out of nowhere, someone asks where they should put their only flash in a very dimly lit reception hall with incredibly high ceilings and you know the answer. You offer help and they found it useful. Then more people ask questions and you give more answers. You learn a few more tricks along the way until one day you take a step back and look at some of your old work and realize how far you have come. You Realize how much better your work is today than it was 2 years ago. And you loved your work 2 years ago. Imagine what you will think of your work 2 years from now?
And then you realize that you will never become the worlds best photographer because there is no such thing. The art of photography is subjective. To be called the Greatest means there is some sort of metric we are using to measure greatness (Hey more math!) but all that matters in photography that you can create something that YOU like. Thats the only thing that will fulfill you. And if other people like your work, well that's just a bonus.