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 professionals. Some may seem to have the Midas touch for 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 professions where 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 a loser – because someone is always making more money than you or seems to be successful.
Comparisons like that are dangerous to your own self-confidence and can defeat what you’re trying to accomplish. You have no way to 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 adrenaline you need to take action and make your own success come true.
Many people who have reached a certain level of success use comparisons with others as a tool to strategize their future business moves. It provides quick insight into 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. Considering strategies of other professionals in your field 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.