Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Man in Bali

Those of us who struggle to create something new are well acquainted with fear of competition. Sometimes we wonder what the point of even trying is, considering someone else might beat us to it. These fears, however, are largely unfounded.

We live in a global society, that much is true, but despite vast resources for global communication, there are still limitations. Fear itself, is perhaps the strongest limiter (and needlessly so). Our imagination conjures risks which, however probable, are not certain to exist at all.

My lizard brain is fond of telling me that other people are just like me, and to that end it follows (incorrectly) that any great feat I attempt is already being done. This is just not the case, or there would be many more successful people than there are in reality.

And even if the exact copy of my dream of greatness exists in reality, and he does overcome his fears as I hope to do, probability says that he would likely live on the other side of the world.

Perhaps there is a man in Bali, whose dream is to make a significant contribution to media in there. It may be that he has even devised the same approach as I now am developing.

So what? There are significant barriers of culture, language, and distance between him and me. Should our circles of influence ever meet, we would mutually benefit from a partnership, rather than win-lose competition.

My point is that no one is exactly like you and even if someone were there's plenty of room at the top. Whatever you struggle with, your competition has a similar weakness. To be a success with whatever you choose to do and however high you choose to climb, it is of much greater importance that you master yourself than that you best anyone else.

You are more likely to find allies than enemies when you are in the right frame of mind.
FEATURED MEDIA: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - The classic book from Stephen Covey, which outlines everything a person seeking success needs to know about mastering self. A dense book, but a must read.

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