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Competition & Success in the Glass Artist Community

At one time or another during the course of business we all encounter others whose business practices, goals, or morals differ from our own. We will also encounter those who will be more parallel with ourselves. Competition is another aspect of business. How you deal with it may make all the difference in your success. Here is one example.

Recently I spoke with an artist “Tom.” He wants everyone in the industry to know that he disagrees with the way “Joe up the street” has been doing business. By now Tom is really raving and in the process he perpetuates a lot of hearsay about Joe. If Tom doesn't want to waste his energy doing business with Joe, at the same time should he waste his energy telling the entire industry?

Some people get wrapped up in the idea that winning means our competition must lose, in order for us to win. If our competitor succeeds regardless of how they conduct them selves morally, you can choose to stay the course and not get sucked in that mind set. You can still succeed while Joe blow does what ever he chooses.

The reality is you are you're only competition! Some days you win. Some days you lose. At the start of each new day, you have to get yourself motivated towards success. This isn't dependant on “Joe blow's” business practices! The people that stay the course in life and business have more energy to apply towards success, and seem to be more content.

If you are always worried about Joe blow, or what people think, you're wasting a lot of vital energy.

Let us succeed together. This trade is going to explode in the next 20 years! I want you to be part of it. We are in a unique position as flame workers, and now is our time to shine. If you have anything to add to this please e-mail us.

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