Have you ever encountered that funny feeling of dread, fear, resentment or sheer dismay upon hearing or seeing that someone else is doing something new, especially something you have always wanted to do? Dreamt of being a master blogger? Wished you had started a fitness class or page? Ever wanted to start a network of women, or a club for business people to network? Or even to write a book or collection of poetry and lo, someone beat you to it? Wait a minute… beat you to it? Are you in a race with anyone?
It is one thing to ignite your personal brand, and it’s another thing to be comfortable in it; to own it. Whether we like it or not, the truth is that if you have not learnt that you are unique and special and that no one can beat you at being you, you’ll tend to feel that little twinge of discomfort, or even full blown jealousy. For instance, have you ever thought or said that someone “copied your idea”? Be released from that perspective today! It is a perspective of those who don’t understand that even if you were to give away your business plan, NO ONE, I REPEAT, NO ONE, CAN EVER COPY, REPRODUCE AND EXECUTE IT THE SAME WAY YOU WOULD. You see my friend, you, (yes YOU) are unique; so different from that other person.
Your background, your family, your environment, your personality traits, your education, your training, even your spouse and friends; all these contribute to the way you express things, including your dreams and ideas. So you see friend, there is no need to be worried about 1000 people being designers, 100 people being writers, 5 million people singing… the world, with several billions of people in it, has more than enough skills, talents and audience to go around..
Not everyone listens to TD Jakes, or Joyce Meyer. Not everyone flies Virgin Atlantic. Not everyone listens to Beyonce. Some prefer Nicki Minaj and others like me prefer to remain in Anita Baker and Whitney Houston mode. Everyone has an audience with whom their voice will resonate. You are “YOUniquely Crafted” so there’s no need for jealousy. Learn to celebrate others, be yourself and own your brand!