On Competition

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I’m trying to speak at more conferences in 2011 and 2012 and I’m often asked, “Who is your biggest competition?”

I take the position of Google. My business strategy is not to compete. It’s a waste of time.

  • There is no one like me who writes about career advice from my perspective — a failed HR professional with serious & substantial experience in her background.
  • There is no one like me who gained this HR experience at such a young age and walked away from a pretty good career in order to blog.
  • And there is no one like me who fails the way I fail. Nobody.

At the age of twenty-six, I stood on stage with the CEO and CFO of an insurance company and notified employees that their organization was being sold. It was a tough conversation. People were scared by the sudden change. Would benefits transfer seamlessly? How would bonuses be impacted? Would they still get paid on time?

I was asked when the new payroll system would be up and running. I replied, “I’ll let you know when it’s that time of the month for me.”

Yup.

I’ll let you know when it’s that time of the month. For me. When I’m flowing with a crimson flood of payroll uploads.

Good god. The room erupted with laughter.

But the good news? Tension was lifted. I laughed at myself and carried on. I misspoke. That’s life.

So I know that my total package is awesome, baby.

I am unique and wholly differentiated from anyone else in the marketplace. I know that I don’t have competition — and neither do you. Time spent obsessing about your mistakes and worrying about your competition is time that is taken away from being your best and learning from your mistakes.

Don’t get mired in the game. Take a risk and opt-out. Stop competing, stop focusing on what other people are doing, and join me in the winner’s circle of life.

Trust me. It’s awesome over here.

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