I read a terrific blog post yesterday about musician John Mayer visiting his alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Among the many interesting things he said, this point jumped out at me:
“Nobody’s music is the enemy of your music…The idea that someone else has made it when they shouldn’t have made it is toxic thinking.”
As a solo professional, I’ve sometimes caught myself reacting to the success of someone else by thinking that they’re somehow taking away from my success. John’s point – “Nobody’s music is the enemy of your music” – was a good reminder that the idea of a fixed size pie is an illusion.
Think about it this way. There are millions of people who could potentially hire you. Of those, you need what, 20?, 30?, maybe 50 clients this year to do really well? It’s a tiny fraction of the potential market.
Other people who do what you do aren’t worth worrying about.
Your job as a solo is to keep getting better (i.e., work on your “music”) and to keep finding ways to stay in front of the people who need what you offer.