As a creative entrepreneur, you decided to start your own business because of certain reasons. Whether that’s time freedom to spend time with your family or travel or no limit on your income potential, that goal is your own.
With all the social media and “celebrity” out there it’s easy to become distracted and get off track.
What their goals is not what yours are. Plain and simple.
Even if that person’s goal is similar to yours, you aren’t the same person. You may not even have the same type of personality. The way that person does something may not be the best way for you to do something.
Look for inspiration
Comparing yourself to someone else will do more harm to you than good.
What you want to do is look at what’s working for someone else and potentially take that as inspiration for yourself.
There are many successful folks building businesses based on their personality and being outgoing.
If that’s not your style, but you respect the way that they are doing sales or handling customers, use that for inspiration.
Take what they are doing and make it your own.
I’ve fallen a few times into the pitfalls of comparing myself to someone else. Each and every time it’s demoralizing because I don’t get the results they did.
Put a ton of work into the “thing” and didn’t see the results. It’s the type of thing that burns your out and can put you out of business.
Let me share with you what I do when I start to find myself comparing myself to someone else.
I’ve got a photo of myself on my desk of my son and I. That is my anchor.
When I start to get distracted by something new - whether that’s jumping onto the latest social media platform, learning a new tool, or trying a new sales tactic, my eye will catch that photo and bounce me back into my world.
What that does is allow me to frame that distraction into inspiration rather than diving into a comparison of apples to apples.
I’ve been in business a long time and of course, I don’t have all the answers. But I know what can work for me, what does work for me, and what feels right to me.
That photo keeps that in mind. Comparing myself to others both in the online and physical space does me no good.
I’m not them and they aren’t me. There are things that I’m great at that they aren’t and vice versa.
Same goes for you. Your goals are yours and yours alone, how you get there will be on your terms.
You aren’t standing in someone else’s shows and no one is standing in your shoes.
Learn from others as inspiration, make it your own, and you’ll see that you’ll have more success.
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