How (and why) to Kill Your Green Goblins
Sometimes it's hard to keep the green goblin of jealousy and competition from poking his head up somewhere inside you when you see other people succeeding or trying to climb up the same ladder of your dreams.
Kick the goblin out the door anyway.
Here's the deal: I know I want other people to have happy and great success, and I love my dreams, which leads me to understand these pursuits are good, and I am in full support of more of them. I love music. I love music education. I would be a fool to think I need or can possibly have all the clients and music students in my local area. There are a million styles of teaching and a million different things you can learn musically. We need a variety of instrument teachers, and not every student is going to like the same speed or type of learning. I want music to spread and grow! I want everyone to have an opportunity to experience and enjoy music! I think everyone who wants to learn to play should be able to.
And I choose to remember "a rising tide lifts all boats." There is enough to go around! Music party everywhere! I can't ever hope for someone else's lack of success in order to heighten my own; it simply does not work like that.
I also am constantly reminded, when I look around at my job and all the fun I'm having, of how much help and investment I receive from the people who got here before me. The good ones know that when you learn something, you turn around and share it with somebody else who needs it. I have a few especially close, wonderful, helpful, highly invested mentors who have given me so much, and they don't do so begrudgingly or skeptically. They just share! They offer support, advice, and conversation. It's really, REALLY cool. It has made all the difference for me, and it fills the world -- and your work -- with love and joy, instead of jealousy and competition.
I am stoked my teachers and friends chose to share with me. Now I am happy and lucky to get to do the same, as I learn more over time.
Life (and business) is not a journey of only taking. Reciprocation is golden, my friends.
Cut off that green goblin's head. He doesn't know what he's talking about.