Are You Competing or Creating?

Do you still have that competitive drive to win?

The psychology of the human mind is conditioned to the idea of competing over creating.

The idea of winning seems to be the primary focus and this comes from the need for acknowledgement and recognition.

Most people want to win but is competing the best way to achieve your goals or is it just what most other people are doing and you are following the herd?

The path of least resistance is what most people choose, therefore, following the masses seems to be the right thing to do.

Afterall, look at the rewards that are bestowed upon the winners in life.

Are you driven with passion to win or do you just want to win at all cost?

Maybe, one of the questions you might want to ask yourself is, “If 85% of all businesses fail in the first 5 years and over 85% of all the people that reach retirement are not able to afford to retire, is it wise for you to follow that path?”

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What is the difference between competing and creating?

When you are competing, typically you are trying to outperform others to win or gain an advantage.

Competing is often about proving that you are better than others in a chosen area of business or life.

One of the dilemmas of competing is that there is only one winner and one person or business at the top and everyone’s job is is to do what they have to to win or gain an advantage.



Imagine that you are the one at the top, there is only one way to go for you, down.

Everyone and every business is shooting to knock you down and take your place.

This is actually driven by a scarcity mentality that suggests that you have to take something from someone else in order to have what you want.

Creating on the other hand is about investing into the power of your imagination and becoming the best version of yourself that you can be.

Creating is about tapping into the infinite untapped potential within yourself to become the best you can be and it is driven by an abundance mentality.

Being creative does not mean you don’t want to win, it simply means you are using another approach to be the best.

The power of the imagination

Creativity comes from the power of the imagination.

Every single thing that you see in the world around you has first been imagined in someone’s mind and then it was created.

Competition can be a stimulator but just imagine if you stopped competing with everyone else and focused on creating the best version of you or what you do.

Scientific studies have proven that most people only utilize about 8-12% of their potential.

Ask most successful business people or elite athletes what is the primary component of their success and they will tell you it is the power of the mind or their mindset.

The greatest accomplishments come from people tapping into the power of their imagination instead of pushing and forcing to be the best.

If so many people have failed using the traditional method of competing then maybe it is time to re evaluate and start using creativity to becoming the best.

Why we do what we do

There was a book called “The Passion Test” that clearly defined from studies that over 80% of all people are not passionate about what they do.

Most people make decisions and choices early in life that put themselves into situations that make them feel like they are stuck.

There are two primary motivators that drive people and understanding these will help you know why we do what we do.



There are intrinsic motivators which is based on principle, integrity and doing the right thing that serves others.

Then there are extrinsic motivators such as money, cars and luxuries which are based on fear, ego and selfishness of wanting more.

If you have low self esteem, lack of confidence, self doubt and a general poor image of yourself you are more likely to be driven by extrinsic motivators such as making lots of money so you can have more stuff.

If you are a person of integrity, have self confidence, a good image of yourself and look to serve others there is a high probability that you will act from intrinsic motivators.

There have been a lot of case studies done with wealthy people who have focused entirely on extrinsic motivations and although they made lots of money they did not experience real happiness or fulfilment in life.

Creating a business that works

Jim Rohn, one of the greatest business philosophers who ever lived had a famous quote, “Don’t compete, create.”

When you are designing your business, be thinking about creating a business that makes a difference and serves others.

Too many businesses today clearly are using extrinsic motivators because the only thing important to them is the bottom line, MONEY.

All of their customers feel that too.

If you work in a business like this it will suck the life right out of you.

Competition is always about the numbers, pushing, pushing, pushing to get more business and more money in the door.

When you are coming from a place of creating a business that thinks of the customer first, everyone wins.

The boss wins, the employees win and more importantly the customers win.

Everyone feels better and enjoys how the results were produced.

Online competition or online creation

The emergence of the internet is creating a shift in how we connect, communicate and do business.

The typical conditioning of competing in traditional business has shifted over to online competition.

In reality there are literally hundreds of thousands of niches in the internet marketing space so the idea of creating versus competing makes much more sense.

If you create value for others you really are separating yourself from the crowd.

The idea of online competition comes from the same concept in the traditional business world.

Creating A Business

Creating A Business

If you are acting and doing things like most other businesses you are competing.

The same rule applies to the internet marketing business sector, 85% of all businesses will fail because they are following the herd.

85% of all businesses online are lazy marketers who are just trying to outshout their so called competitors.

Zappos is a great example of a business that creates.

It creates a great environment to work in and it creates a great customer experience.

That’s why people love to work there and customers love to shop there.

They are creating not competing.

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How to create a business model that is successful

You can either distinguish yourself by creating a business model that creates and stand out or you can create a business model that competes and blends in.

Do you want to be in the game long term or do you have short term thinking and goals?

Let me be perfectly clear about something, it takes hard work to be successful in anything.

There is no magic button on the keyboard or a special software or system that fills up your bank account while you sleep.

It takes commitment, perseverance and dedication to rise to the top.

If you want to know how to create a business model that succeeds, find a way in whatever niche you choose to provide lots of value by way of how you deal with customers, customer experience and also how you deal with the people that work with you or for you.

There are no shortcuts!

Serving people value should be the theme or mantra of your business regardless of whether it is online or offline.

How to create a business model that works is discovering what your customers want by listening to them and providing that solution.

What would a 1,000 raving fans in your business do for you?


They would run out and use the most powerful form of advertising that is a dream for every business owner.

They would use word of mouth to tell everyone how great your product or service is and what a great customer experience they had.

Start creating in your business today and stop competing.




David Thompson

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  1. Hey David,

    Love this post my friend. I believe there is MORE than enough for everyone and getting into the creative mindset is CRUCIAL for building long term wealth.

    Thanks for the post!

    Paul Hutchings

  2. Very cool article. I’m reading the book “The Science Of Getting Rich” and I’m learning a lot about how to build a business with my creative mind instead of the competitive. When we are creative and figure out clever ways where everyone benefits is when is easier to get rich.

  3. I believe in abundance for all. There is NO COMPETITION apart from what our human mind creates and that is called the EGO. When you create and share and build up others, you find there is absolutely more than enough for all who wish to have it!

    I missed your value packed posts David.Welcome back!

    • Hi Julie. Thank you and glad to be back. I’m looking forward to sharing the wealth of knowledge I have been storing and like you helping others live their dream and get results.

  4. Wallace D. Wattles *(Science of getting Rich) says there is not competition except with ourselves and I’ve heard that from some of my favorite mentors too. what do you think?

  5. Great post! Loved how you explained the differences beetween the two 🙂

    Dr. Lisa

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