Most people are scared of competition. They see the world’s population exploding at over 6 1/2 billion people and think that they will never have a chance.
Every year, the competition’s getting stiffer. More and more investors are battling over real estate, more and more bloggers are battling over cyberspace, and more and more film-makers are battling over the box office.
If you don’t already have some advantage, why even try?
Because everyone else is thinking the same thing.
I’ve always had a contrarian outlook on competition; instead of running from it, I run toward it. To me, more competition doesn’t mean less chance of success. It just means there’s more mediocrity in a bigger market; and in a bigger, more fluid market, excellence rises to the top with less friction.
The film industry is a great example. Everyone thinks that it’s impossible to get into the movies, even though the industry gets bigger and bigger every year with the same, if not worse, mediocre movies.
Great movies are still being made, but out of the hundreds of movies that are produced in Hollywood every year, most are mediocre. I’ve heard producers say that even though they get pitched thousands of times a year, they’re dying for a great script.
If you have talent, you’re more likely to rise to the top of this market than you were ten years ago. While it’s still not easy, it’s getting easier for the cream of the crop.
That’s why it’s so important to follow your passion. You do your best work in an area that you love. A lot of creative talent goes to waste in this world because people tend to choose money over their passion.
If you’re one of the few who chooses to follow your passion, you can benefit from those who choose to take themselves out of the market. While it may seem like there are millions of talented people competing against you, only a small percentage of them are actually doing something about it. Half the battle is just showing up.
It doesn’t matter if you’re talented if you haven’t produced anything. It doesn’t matter if you’re a great writer if you don’t have a script. It doesn’t matter if you’re the next Bill Gates if you don’t put your ideas in motion. Stop thinking about what you wish you were doing and just do it.
The blogosphere is another great example. Technorati says we’re up to 71 million blogs as of this post. Sounds intimidating, right! Wrong. Think about it this way: Each new blogger that enters the blogosphere is a potential blog reader and business partner.
Ironically enough, bloggers tend to make the best readers! They’re passionate about the business, and read constantly. It’s no coincidence that one of the biggest blogs on the planet is about blogging.
In fact, as far as I can tell, the good blogs are achieving success at a faster rate than they were when Steve Pavlina was making his appearance.
In my March Blog Income Report, I talk about how it took Steve six months to reach $100 in one month of Adsense. Now, people are replicating that pretty easily even with content that is nowhere near the quality of Steve’s.
Get Out There
I get excited thinking about the possibilities in this world, especially with the power of the internet. Today there are less barriers for the talented, not more. Now that we are all connected, it’s easier to find the best of the best. Get out there and start creating!