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Stop worrying about the competition. Just compete with yourself. Tweet This
Trying to keep up with the Jones’s can be exhausting and unrewarding. Being fixated on “the enemy” distracts your team from focusing on themselves.
Copying others isn’t the secret to success. Be original. Be the best you can be with your own style and then try to improve month to month and year to year. There are many ways to compete with yourself:
- Annual reports
- Monthly financials
- Number of customers
- Quantity of orders
- Number of complaints
- The average dollar amount of orders
The maxim “compete with yourself” is good advice in business, the arts and politics.
It’s even true in professional sports–especially if the athlete is disabled.
The most original kicker in football
Former NFL kicker, Ben Agajanian died this month at age 94.
Known as the “Toeless Wonder,” Ben lost the better part of four toes in a terrible elevator accident, but continued to be a successful place-kicker thanks to a size 7 squared-toe shoe on his right foot.
“Bootin’ Ben The Toeless Wonder wasn’t an accurate kicker by today’s standards.
He only made about 51 percent of his field goals during his career. But Ben led the league in kicking in 1947 and 1949 and his two field goals helped the New York Giants win the 1956 NFL Championship Game.
When other kickers complained about his “unfair advantage,” Ben invited them to have their toes removed and wear a square shoe, as well.
Ben’s shoes went on display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
Just compete with yourself
Keep an eye on the competition, but remember that the magic of differentiation is at the root of most success.
It’s being different and special that attracts customers and media attention.
Get enough positive attention and you’ll build market share. You’ll also start attracting the best talent.
Differentiation sounds easy, but it isn’t. Read more in this related blog post.
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