Are you a Winner or a Contributor?
At first, you may yell out, “I wanna be a winner – heck yeah!!”
Slow your roll, hotshot. I haven’t even explained the question yet.
Is winning really all it’s cracked up to be?
If you’re competing in sports or another realm where being #1 is the be-all-end-all, then yeah, shoot for being a winner. That sounds fun (and exhausting).
But you’re reading this, which means you’re probably an entrepreneur or someone with a job that you truly enjoy (I hope!). As you and I both have an “online presence”, we both know that being a “winner” in the online space is horrendously difficult.
Plus, how in the world do you measure if you’re the “winner?” Did you earn more money? Get more followers? Have more subscribers on your newsletter list? Get more likes on Facebook?
How do you categorize being a “winner” online?
There will always be someone with more followers, more readers, more listeners, more sales, faster growth … etc.
As Seth Godin said in his interview on the Ctrl Alt Delete podcast, “It’s not my job to win. It’s my job to contribute.”
In our modern world, the key person you’re competing against is yourself.
There’s a reason the phrase “you are your own worst enemy” has been repeated for decades – it’s true.
If you want to make a difference, if you want to become a drop in the bucket that creates ripples in your area of the world (online or offline), your goal is to be a contributor.
Free. Paid. 10 reads. 10,000 reads.
It doesn’t matter.
You’re going to grow at your own unique pace. And that pace is connected to how much you choose to contribute. If you love what you do or the subject you’re focused on, you’re instinctively driven to learn + give more.
That’s why Seth Godin has written a new blog post every day for years.
Is it hard sometimes? Hell yes.
It’s work. Even if you love it, contributing is work.
Remind yourself that you signed up for this rollercoaster, take a deep breath, + keep contributing.
Your voice does matter.
Reassure + validating from others is not necessary for you to contribute your perspective.
Stand for something that improves yourself + the world around you.
Be a contributor, and winning becomes irrelevant.