That’s how many makeup brands exist in the world. From small, dollar store brands, to the expensive, arm and a leg brands you can only find in the fanciest of department stores.
Yet that didn’t stop Rihanna from starting Fenty Beauty in 2017. Can you imagine her watching all of the YouTube videos from beauty gurus doing videos discussing the makeup products that they love? Can you see her going to the store and seeing the hundreds of products on the shelves... and even seeing the empty shelves of the products that continually sold out?
It’s hard to think that Rihanna didn’t compare herself and her products to the millions of others that already existed... but through the comparison, she still understood that her make up had a place in the world. Now every time you go to a Sephora, things are continuously sold out.
But what if she decided to give into the other makeup companies successes? What if she said to herself “I shouldn’t do make-up. Everyone else is already doing make-up.”
I have experienced this myself on a daily basis. I’ve had to overcome comparing myself to others to push towards my own dreams and passions. Using the right hashtag, you can probably find 100+ people doing the same thing you dream about doing... and some of them might be doing really well at it! The problem isn’t that someone “stole” your idea or that they’re better than you at carrying it out. The problem is that you use that person as an excuse to not do what you KNOW you were born to do.
I sometimes wish I could see the fruit of my labor in the future, which could show me exactly why I HAVE to do what I know I’ve been called to do. Even if someone else reaches 1 million followers and participants, I have access to BILLIONS more. There is enough room for everyone to be great in this world, in the same time period, and even in the same country, state, and city!
There is a reason why you have that drive. There’s a reason why you had that dream. There’s a reason why even after you seen hundreds of others doing it, you can’t stop thinking about continuing your dream and making them your goals and life achievements.
You have to fight past feeling like your dream isn’t good enough, because it is. You have to move past comparing yourself to others and learn to appreciate what they are doing while also appreciating what it is that makes you different than what they’re doing. At one point, they were also in your shoes, watching others do what they wanted to do... but they were able to push past that, and so can you.
Don’t let comparison kill your dreams. There may be hundreds of people doing what you’re doing. But the BIGGEST difference... and your BIGGEST asset...
They’re not you.