Monthly Archives: August 2014
At first I thought this was an odd request since I had not worked with him for five years. And then I realized it was an opportunity for me to take a look at something I had struggled with in the past.
Competition in business.
Is it necessary?
Do I really believe that it exists?
Is it even real?
I had a former teacher tell me that competition did not really exist. And then when I asked her to help me to start my own practice she bluntly told me that she would not support me to be in competition with her.
With several mentors in my life telling me one thing and then doing another, it was time for me to really decide what was true for me.
So I came to this conclusion.
Competition within myself to improve today what I did yesterday was the only competition that was necessary for me.
In business and in my personal life, I need to be the expert in my business, in my field. I do not need to worry about what others are doing, I need to focus on what I am doing.
And that goes for every area of my life.
I used to and sometimes still find myself overly concerned about what my former bosses were doing or my former teachers. This is the distraction, the illusion. It is as if if I knew what they were doing I would be able to do my job better. What usually happens is I would feel that I could not do what I do best because someone else was doing it.
So like having a Starbucks in every corner and all of them being successful, we can all have a piece of our market. We can coexist. A simple decision to become the expert and keep practicing being the expert.