Tuesday, May 15, 2012

You are to become a creator, not a competitor...

Anyone who knows me, has know me to be very competitive. I've been so since I can remember. 

I've recently tired of it, not because I have a hopeless attitude, or i'm giving up, but because I have realized there is MUCH more to life, and also that the best way to get where you desire to be is to become less of a competitor and more of a creator. I came across the below article today, and I will be exploring the concept further in future posts:

‎"- We often shouldn’t seek to be really good competitors. We should seek to be really good monopolists. Instead of being slightly better than everybody else in a crowded and established field, it’s often more valuable to create a new market and totally dominate it. The profit margins are much bigger, and the value to society is often bigger, too. 

- Doing something so creative that you establish a distinct market, niche and identity. You’ve established a creative monopoly and everybody has to come to you if they want that service, at least for a time.

- Creative people don’t follow the crowds; they seek out the blank spots on the map.

- We live in a culture that nurtures competitive skills. And they are necessary: discipline, rigor and reliability. But it’s probably a good idea to try to supplement them with the skills of the creative monopolist: alertness, independence and the ability to reclaim forgotten traditions. 

Read the entire article here

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