Comparing Yourself To Other Marketers Helps Self Doubt Thrive
Comparing yourself to other marketers can only be detrimental to your present and future successes. You may not be at the same experience level of those you’re comparing yourself to and another person’s success may not be the magical transformation you perceive it to be.
Self doubt can arise from the comparisons you make between you and fellow marketers. Some may seem to have the Midas touch to whatever project they choose to pursue – but you aren’t privy to what goes on before the huge successes.
Those entrepreneurs who are successful have likely spent an enormous amount of time, money and effort on their ventures. It may look easy, but chances are they had many self doubts about their own potential for success before it happened.
Comparison to others and the self doubt that follows goes on in every business – but it’s more prevalent in Internet marketing because you’re always putting yourself out there, presenting yourself and your ideas to others.
If the many failures that are sure to happen were figured into the mix, another person’s success may look entirely different to you. Huge and consistent successes of others can make you feel like such a loser – because someone is always making more money than you or seems to be successful with every launch of a product.
Comparisons like that are dangerous to your own self confidence and can defeat what you’re trying to accomplish. You may not be aware of their many failures in the past or of how many hours and dollars they’ve spent getting to this point.
One way to look at comparisons differently is to view them as challenges. “If she can do it, I know I can!” may be exactly the boost of adrenalin you need to take action and make your own success come true.
Many people who have reached a certain level of success use comparisons to others as a tool to strategize their future business moves. It provides quick insight to trends and what’s working for others so you can incorporate many of the same ideas for yourself.
Competition is fierce among many types of businesses – especially Internet marketing. Looking into strategies of other marketers can be a good thing if you use them as models rather than comparing yourself to them in a negative way.
Self doubt can become the nemesis of your future. Guard against comparing yourself to others in a negative light and focus on your present and future goals to lead you to the success you desire.
Until next time,
4 Replies to “Comparing Yourself To Other Marketers Helps Self Doubt Thrive”
Nice article and outlook and advice
Thank you Corky! I just made the article short and to the point because that’s how I feel sometimes.
The stuff that goes on before success in a behind the scenes setting is what the world ignores. People have no idea how much practice goes into becoming even remotely skilled with blogging or any venture. The world prefers to see the results and assume that someone got lucky versus knowing or even trying to research the amount of work that goes into any business. This is why comparing results with those of pros is ludicrous. Fabulous post!
It’s also very frustrating to try to explain to people, family and friends about what I actually DO online, blogging and other online ventures I’m involved with. I get the “deer in the headlights” look a lot but also the look of “why aren’t you making a lot of money yet?” It actually makes me feel pretty down some days. I see the big picture, but I know most people don’t. Everyone wants instant results…that would be too easy and everyone would be doing it then and that is why so many fail to make it work online because they give up too quickly. I keep going because I truly WANT this and I want to be successful, I just need to apply myself each day to the right tasks and stop perfectionizing!