I don’t believe in competition. Maybe that’s not quite clear enough… I don’t believe in worrying about (or paying attention to) competition. Your success is not contingent on what your competition is doing. And if you think it is… you’ve missed the beauty of being an entrepreneur. Your success depends entirely on you.
You know Dr. Samuel Pierpont Langley, don’t you? You should. He was followed around by the newspapers; he had impressive credentials, an extensive education, incredible funding, the support of the government… Every indication pointed toward him being a sure bet. He would be the first to take flight.
Everyone seemed to know it… Everyone except perhaps Wilbur and Orville Wright. Ahhh. Now that name you know. But you shouldn’t! They had no funding, no access to the greatest minds of their time, no newspapers following them around.
And yet, they were so passionate, so focused, and so excited about accomplishing their own dream that while the whole world was watching their competition… The Wright brothers took flight on December 17th, 1903.
I see so much concern and wasted energy focussed on “the competition.” Competition is an excuse. Apple didn’t concern themselves with their competition when they broke into the TiVo market, the cell phone market, or the personal music device market. Stephanie Myers didn’t put down her pen because someone else had already written about vampires. And you shouldn’t stop going after your own dream because someone else happens to share it.
It does not matter if they have the same camera, the same lens, the same website template, the same actions, the same pricing… It also does not matter if they are cheaper. Your success is not contingent upon them. STOP giving your competition so much control. They don’t determine your success – you do.
I am not the best photographer in my town! I am not priced where everyone else is priced… I cost a lot more! There are two photographers who follow my exact business model that happen to live within 5 minutes of my home – and almost two dozen more that live within 30 minutes of my home. How do I know this? Because they’ve purchased my program, The Thriving Photographer™.
I believe that there is room for all of us, and I’ve learned from my own experiences that the journey is a lot more fun when you stop worrying about what others are doing and start focusing on how to beat your own personal best…
P.S. Sorry for chopping my head off… That was not artistic. Just proof of my imperfections, in case my typos weren’t clear enough 😉
SO WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What insights can you share that have helped you get past competition and on to finding your own unique place? Share in the comments below!
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Are you ready for more? I’m determined to prove to as many photographers as will let me that you can have passion, profits and time for a great life. I create six-figure photographers, and I’d love to teach you, step-by-step, how it’s done. This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you. Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!
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