avatarDiane Brander


Competition is good. Or is it?

It depends on your mindset

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I found an article from 2021 about how to find writing work. It’s a great article, even if some of the links are out of date. If you’d like to check it out, here you go.

One of the steps involved is to join Facebook writing groups. I went through each (active) one and joined. I knew I was going to either love it or regret it. So far, a few days in, I was leaning more toward the latter.

There is a lot of noise.

But, it got me thinking and the following phrases popped into my mind. It’s either:

A lot of noise, and a lot of competition.


No noise, no competition.

What do I mean by that?

Well, the first way of thinking is fearful thinking. It’s hating the hustle and bustle and worrying that there is too much competition and little chance of actually picking up any work.

The second way of thinking is confident, controlled thinking.

These people are still jumping up and down with their hands in the air vying for attention, but I don’t have to give it to them, and certainly not at the expense of my own confidence and belief in myself. The noise is still there, but these people are not competition for me if I choose not to compete.

I will stick to my own route. Follow my own plans. Maybe these people will call out to me from the pavement (sidewalk) from time to time and hand me a jelly baby, but that won’t be part of my race strategy. I will stay focused on where I want to go, and I’ll get there. Eyes straight ahead, one foot after the other, step by step. Onto the next finish line, one word at a time.

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