How do you feel when you meet someone who offers the same services you do? Are you excited to meet a peer, or do you view them as a competitor that you must beware of? Most people will feel either threatened or excited or possibly somewhere in between. Where you come down on this spectrum can be very telling about your general philosophy of business and life.
If you believe that there isn’t enough business to go around you will view other people who offer similar services as competitors. Every client they land is one that isn’t on your roster. You avoid sharing any information that might give a competitor ways to improve their offerings or make their work life easier. You hold your knowledge and your resources close to the vest.
However, if your “world view” is one of abundance, everything can shift. When you trust that there is enough work to go around you see people who are offering similar services as opportunities for collaboration and learning. The truth is that even people who have the same training and offer the same services add their own personalities and their own passions to the mix and will provide a different experience for their clients. And that is actually a beautiful thing! The client that is a perfect fit for one assistant could easily be an uncomfortable relationship with another. So there isn’t anyone who is exactly like you. [Read more…]