Is It Better to Create or Compete?

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I like creating.

Some like beating others, or competing with others.

Healthy competition is great in the internet marketing game....but if we are all one, then who are we competing against anyway?

I do get it though. One problem: I see marketers who drive themselves nuts worrying about people from their niche.

I like learning from others but focusing on me. This helps me to set the bar higher without worrying about the other guy or gal.

Competitive thinking also creates tons of mental problems for marketers; worry, fear, anxiety, jealousy. These emotions arise because you are busy comparing yourself to others instead of helping others improve their lives.

This is why I like creating better than competing.


#compete #create
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    • I think the answer is both. They each can serve you in your business but in different ways. Creation is the heart of what makes your individual business unique, nobody else can do what ever it is you do in the same way as you.

      Competition is the other twin heart of business - the idea that there is a reason to get up in the morning to do better than yourself yesterday or better than your rival. And using your creative powers in the competitive arena, that might be best of all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sunganani
    Creating with a keen eye on your competition. That way you learn a lot and challenge yourself all the time...I like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    Focus on your customers. What other marketers do is completely irrelevant.

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    Delivering the highest quality leads in virtually all consumer verticals.

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  • Profile picture of the author vladinla
    Hi Ryan,

    I think it's not about competition vs creation. It's just a matter of attitude. You either can take it easy or you can't. I mean... creating something can be super-stressful as well, unless you know how to relax.

    It's a balance between taking stuff seriously and not overthinking it.

    And in more practical terms... Sooner all later every creator will have to compete, if his/her invention is worth "stealing"
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    • Profile picture of the author Sunganani
      By watching the competition, I have learned a lot about what should be done and what shouldn't so I still think it is a good thing to keep your eye on them...not obsessively of course!
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Like it or not, if you sell something, you will have competitors. Often times, a lessor quality product or service will outsell you, strictly because they outmarketed you. If you ignore this, you will always lose.

    Founder of JVZoo. All around good guy :)

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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Tandan
    Consider what maximizes value to your list. If the product / info / service they need isn't out there yet, or in an unattainable format (price, package, etc) then it makes sense to create to fulfill that need.

    But if the products your list need do exist and the affiliate structure makes sense, why not just give it to them? You're still providing a service by sifting through all the info for the right product at the right time. Then you can focus on creating very individual stuff catered to your subscribers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Romeo90
    I just concentrate on creating the best content that I can.

    Remember, the race is long. And in the end, it's only with yourself.
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  • Competition doesn't need to be stressful. It's just a matter of figuring out how to deliver whatever your customers are paying for with better quality, faster turnaround time, and/or at a lower price than your competitors do.

    And that's a problem that demands your creativity!

    Bros find strictly platonic dudes on
    "It's pretty simple. You work hard, you believe anything is possible, and you try to make the world better."

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  • The COMPETITION mentality never truly wins the end game, instead he/she just keeps spinning their wheels plus that mindset does not attract success BUT rather more so-called competition. Thus that person always feels as though they can "never get ahead"...hmmm:rolleyes:
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