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We live in an overly competitive environment. One riddled with a common misconception – the idea that in order to succeed, others around us can’t. What many don’t understand is that mutual growth is far more beneficial, both logistically and emotionally. This is especially true in an industry that is relationally driven.

Take blogging for example. It is no surprise that the Cincy blogging scene – and the industry as a whole – is wildly competitive. Especially given the very slim chance for actual success. People are constantly trying to devalue your hard work and overall brand in order to make their own self appear to ‘win.’

In an environment where this is encouraged, I choose to not participate. Rather, I like to think that my work speaks for itself. A representation of my own unique creativity and musings. It speaks to my professionalism, my taste, my personality. Mostly, I hope to convey my gratitude for holding the (growingly) expansive platform that I do. At the end of the day, it is a privilege. A privilege that can be used as a vehicle to communicate that despite overlap in professional paths, friends can coexist in the – very – small fashion network that is Cincinnati.

Don’t get me wrong, competition is instinctual. When used properly, it’s an efficient motivator. Incorporated as a tool to cripple someone else’s ideas to further your own, it is bound to cheapen the overall perception of your brand.

I stumbled upon an interview with Chelsea Handler the other day where she elaborates on this very idea:

“There is always a space for you, because there is no one that is exactly like you… I never ever blow out someone else’s candle to make mine brighter.”

Achievements are no fun anyway without the support and shared excitement of those closest to you. More importantly, sharing in others’ accomplishments provides greater opportunities for celebratory agendas. And wine. Successes are always best served with wine.

Hope you enjoyed today’s musings. Don’t be shy! Let me know any specific topics of conversation for next time – whether it’s a comment below, an email, or an in person request.

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