Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY

    What's Holding You Back? Pt 1: Competition

    January 26, 2012

    Competition is a funny thing, isn't it? It can be paralyzing or it can be healthy.

    I use it to fuel my fire. 

    I have always been one to thrive on competition. After all, I have Korean parents and was a concert pianist. Through extreme disciplined training, I learned the best way to deal with competition is to always surround yourself with the best of the best, play as hard as they do and don't pay too much attention to what's going on around you. Just outwork everyone else. 

    I want to share a story with you that I think many of you can relate to. The other day, I woke up to an email from a friend saying, Do you know that another woman entrepreneur (who you know) has launched a skincare line that looks just like yours... down to the packaging, marketing, descriptions, ingredients, and even pricing? She's completely ripped on your line!

    Normally I wouldn't have really cared because... well, when you have a toddler demanding (correction: screaming) for water, an employee on the phone telling you that a massage therapist didn't show up, an email negotiation for a retail space on your computer screen, and hundreds of emails beeping into your blackberry... there's not much time to pay attention to what others are doing. 

    However, when I went on her website, I realized that everything down to the names, packages and skincare system had been copied.

    I admit it. I was pissed. 

    How many of you can relate? In this open information world, your ideas out are there for the taking, and the more visible you become, the more people take. It's just the way it is. 

    Back to my friend: So, Angela, what are you going to do? Are you going to get your lawyer to contact her? Keep an eye on her...  

    After thinking about it, I said, I'm going to succeed harder. Of course I'm having my lawyer keep an eye on her company so that she's not infringing on trademarked materials. But I'm not wasting any energy beyond that because I have so much going on that I have to laser focus my energy on my own success. 

    Here's the bottom line, my friends. If you are deeply connected to your mission and your passions, no one can copy you. Yes, they can put on the same act, but it will never come from deep within. It won't have that "extra something" that is needed to make something go from good to great. 

    Some people might feel paralyzed by competition and spend a lot of time paying attention to their moves. 

    Pay attention to your painting. If you turn your back on what you are doing to look at what others are doing, your brush stroke will not be as precise. You won't get the exact vibrant colors. You won't enjoy your flow. You will get in the way of your genius. 

    Keep on keepin' on, Savories. :) 


    Angela Jia Kim is a woman entrepreneur advocate, organic lifestyle guru, doting mom, New York City (not house)wife, and author-in-the-making.

    She uses her organic skincare business, Om Aroma, to empower and inspire other business owners by openly sharing mistakes (the kind most sweep under the rug) and lessons learned (the kind most keep as secrets to get ahead).

    She believes that building business is directly tied to self growth, that it takes a village to raise a business, and that your business is meant to serve the life you want to live. 

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