Community over competition has been a phrase growing more rapidly every day within the creative community, but what does it mean to put our communities needs over the desire to compete with each other. For the past, seven years I have run various small business and the reasons they have grown is because the community that surrounds my small businesses.
We are bombarded with messages to compete and beat others when we listen to a podcast, read blogs, watch movies, news and more. If you’re not first your last is the message from Talladega Nights that people love to speak and share consistently. Our minds are wired to compete with others at a very young age, and it gets worse once we are older. Remember, as kids, we got participant trophies when we played soccer, baseball or any other group activities. Then we get to middle school we picked teams, someone gets picked last and then emotions come that we are not worthy. Those messages carry with us for the rest of our lives until we reprogram ourselves.
Your Purpose In Life
If someone, was to come up to you directly and ask you your purpose in life what would you say? This is something we all wrestle with at some point in our lives. For a long time, I wonder what I was meant to do on this earth. As a little girl, I always wanted to be a wife, mom and serve others. I believed for the longest that meant I had to work for a nonprofit or volunteer. It was not until I get older and realize I could do that through entrepreneurship. What if you chose daily to focus on to focus on our goals, ambitions, visions, goal, and purpose? Life tends to changes, and we see things for what matters.
Purpose Over Competition
Your purpose is bigger than a competition, and most people forget that at times. They get lost in the sauce of social media post, blogs, podcast, magazine write-ups and more. To be guided by your purpose in a way that helps you surround yourself community is a beautiful thing. You see a community around you gives you hope, love, joy, laughter and gratitude. People who are always focused on being number one, being in the spotlight and beating others out are filled with insecurities. They are creating competition where there is no competition. Yes, a million women-owned companies out there and I am beating there are thousands in your industry too. That doesn’t mean you need to compete with them. People love a good David vs. Goliath story it is what sales and gets pageviews, but you need to be above that.
Community over competition reminds you that your community is your family. They help you through tough times, give you business advice, have coffee with you and even travel to conference together. I am thankful for every person who is part of the Business Bestie community. How are you focusing on community thriving?
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