A pep talk: How to not worry about all the other people doing the exact same thing you want to do

A pep talk: How to not worry about all the other people doing the exact same thing you want to do

I’ve been checking out lots of websites lately to analyze how and why successful businesses and blogs do what they do. They all seem to have enticing headlines, overflowing email lists, constant connections to Twitter and Instagram, offers and packages out the wazoo. After checking through websites after website, I started to panic a little – all these people are doing what I want to do and they’re doing it really really well. Is there space for me?

But I’ve been asked this question before and I know the answer…yes, there is ALWAYS room IF you do you.

The internet is vast and the number of people coming online is growing every day. People who want to start businesses and blogs and many are beyond confused about how to make their brand new baby of a website run and could use my help. Those people might be looking for your help too.

While plenty of bloggers offer similar services, no one does everything I do the way I do it. And that goes for you too! You are the only one who has the viewpoint, style, and process of YOU. And while we may learn from each other and certain design elements become trendy, we will never ever be the exactly same. Even the copycats don’t do it the same or as well as the original!

So don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Whether they launch something similar to what you’ve been planning or every website in your niche starts melding into the same template. There are people out there who want exactly what YOU are shelling. Stick to your guns and build your empire!

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