"It's a dog eat dog world."
"Like crabs in a barrel."
"Every man for himself."
These are just a few of the quotes I remember hearing growing up when the topic of competition came up. Although a novice blogger, I've already seen the fangs of competition try to seep themselves into the egos of many.
But do we have to let it?
I've had several amazing encounters since I've launched my blog! So many phenomenal people with great content on their pages. Seeing other people thrive in the blogging world excites me! It inspires me to aspire to be more and do more.
I've attended several webinars with blog gurus sharing invaluable tips and their expertise! (Special shout out to Alisha and Helene!) Due to them choosing #CommunityOverCompetition I have acquired tools to put in my blogging tool box *throws confetti in the air* lol
This inspired me! Let's be real. Blogging is a well saturated community with over 150 million active blogs! Yep... you heard me right. Over 150 million! Now before you delete your blog out of hopelessness, shift your perspective. This could be viewed as YOU having a PLETHORA of resources to learn from.
I've been told that things I'm doing are inspiring and other bloggers have asked me for tips, resources and more. Some people have said "They're stealing your shine!" "Don't tell them how you did it. Let them figure it out, like you had to figure it out."
|Ever been tempted to respond like this? *raises hand* lol|
If this was all of us (which I know it's not), none of us would get anywhere. Most of us learned what we know from someone who chose an open hand rather than a clenched fist.
Now, I know , I know. You're probably thinking, "But Jenn! I don't want them to copy what I'm doing! What if they get further along than me? What about ME???"
Trust me. I get the fear of stunting your own progress. I really do! I've had to give myself quite a few pep talks to choose generosity in various areas of my life. But to that I say this:
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
This may seem like self sabotage to some, but I dare you to renew your thinking, consider this concept and stay motivated :)
Granted, this is not a "Tell everyone everything you know and use no discretion!" post. This is simply to remind us that we don't have to choose cynicism in order to ensure our own success.
What do you think about #CommunityOverCompetition?
Have you benefited from others helping you?