In some communities, most actually, there seems to be this fear of someone getting your “secret” or of competitors. I’m not talking about legit trade secrets, just normal stuff like sources for products or products themselves. I used to be this way too. I kept every card close to my chest. Fuck them, the hell if I’m going to give them a chance to ruin my world domination plan.
I can now say with certainty that’s a shitty way to do business. It’s stressful, breeds paranoia, and just doesn’t feel good. I work my ass off for the good shit. I don’t want to feel any of the crap that I did before. Stress can be a thing but the rest of it can go somewhere. The biggest change I saw when I stopped worrying about someone “stealing” something from me was the ability to look forward at what’s coming down the road. The biggest thing that’s lead to is a vision for how tech can truely change our industry. While everyone else is just barely making the turn to modern systems, ours is well into development utilizing a few cutting edge technologies. See, when you’re not looking at what’s immediately around you, you can look at what’s possible. I’m a firm believer that with enough money or time you can accomplish anything. Since time is somewhat more abundant now, I take that time and look at where I’d like to go instead of where everyone else is going.
Don’t be scared of competition, let it make you better at what you do. If that doesn’t happen, maybe what you do isn’t what you should be doing. Keep playing your game, not someon else’s.
Just some food for thought.