Don’t Compete, Create

Competition is zero-sum. Someone always has to win, as in sports. It’s either this or that.

Creativity is non-competitive. While creatives may steal ideas from each other, they also mash up, reinterpret, and recast ideas into something completely new and personal.

In the case of business, creativity still comes first. Companies that improve lives through ingenuity get ahead. Apple develops more useful products than Dell and Microsoft, and jazzes them up with cool, outside design. The deliberate approach to think different rather than compete sparks innovation which ultimately benefits the customers.

Art is ultimately about personal expression, not competition.

I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life. – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Artists try to project their inner thoughts onto a blank canvass. They speak through their work. Getting some recognition here and there is an appreciation for their difference.

Artists rise above the competition with deviation, not increments of sameness and conformity. Don’t be afraid to show people what you got.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.