Community over competition is a new movement that I am loving so much especially for the women creatives of the world.We all need to work harder to cultivate community over competition with other like-minded individuals.
There truly is enough to go around. Focusing more on community over competition provides us with a sense of well, community.
For years, it seemed like people were of the scarcity mentality rather than the abundance mentality. We need to remember that we should support and encourage those around us rather than feel like if one person succeeds that means we won’t. That’s just not true. There are so many opportunities just waiting for specific individuals to take.
Recently I was able to get to know so many amazing women right here in my own community. Ive seen first hand how they have been not only supporting this new movement of community over competition, but living it 100%. Just recently three photographers came together to host their second annual favorite things party. It wasn’t by invite only. No, in fact they put the word out there and anybody was able to attend with an RSVP. To me, the fact that three photographers came together as a team was the number one example of community over competition. The second was that they invited everybody and opened up the opportunity for our community of creative women to grow. I met so many amazing gals that night who are working so hard to support each other. It’s been amazing and helped me feel like I’m home in my own town that I hadn’t quite felt that way in yet.
So how can you cultivate community over competition? The first is to encourage and support each other online. Most everyone is on social media now so instead of using it to compare and judge, use it to congratulate, complement and support others. Next would be to create a community of women in your own neighborhood that feel they can lean on each other for support. Don’t leave anyone out. Also, it’s important to have the mentality that there is enough to go around for everybody. Be the example of that and others will follow.
I know I’ve been so thankful for the women who started this movement in my community. Amie Pendle, my blog photographer is one of the main leaders and a great example to me. In fact, she recently started a society completely dedicated to supporting photographers around the globe. It’s called the Let’s Click Society. I look at her and admire all that she is doing because she could’ve said there’s not enough jobs to go around so why should I help them but no, not Amie. She sees the best in everybody and understands that her talents are different than others. She’s the kind of person who would recommend a photographer to somebody if it’s not something she feels that she does the best. It’s been an honor to work with her. Since joining forces she has beautified my blog and Instagram feed especially. She’s captured special moments that I know wouldn’t have gotten captured otherwise…
Find the people like this in your life and build a tribe that will uplift you. This will be the first step in cultivating community over competition in your own life…
Photography by Amie Pendle