A few months ago, I was passing by the store L’Occitane with a few of my friends (both massage therapists) and we spoke briefly to the salesperson standing outside of the store offering free samples of their amazing Shea Butter moisturizer. One of my friends, mistakenly, mentioned how Lush had great products too, and then we had to endure the salesperson almost turning purple and bashing on Lush.
Well, if you hadn’t read about my obsession with Lush previously, needless to say I was a little taken aback by this complete breach in professional integrity. It’s never a good idea to bash perceived competition… because who ends up looking petty for it? Probably not your competition. Probably you.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I did a party with another reader from my area… I had picked her up and we were driving to the venue, and the topic of “competition” came up again, and it was a relief to hear that her philosophy and mine synched up… I called it the dreaded C word, because really, there is no such thing as competition between readers. If there is, or if I ever feel I’m in competition with a reader, then it’s ME that’s doing something wrong.
I don’t believe there should really be the term “competition” used between readers. Let’s use another “C” word instead: Cooperation. Statistically, there is no way I’m a good fit for every single client out there, and vice-versa. I refuse to even play that game. So why would I not link someone up with a reader that’s more right for them? It’s really not taking anything away from me, and any perceived “loss in business” will be evened out by other readers referring people THEY can’t read for to me.
In the end, my goal is for any prospective client to have a positive experience with the tarot, and sometimes their greatest experience with tarot may come through another reader and not from me. This is part of the reason why I love having tarot colleagues and not tarot competition: there is room for all at the tarot table!
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How do you view competition? Is it cooperation, competition, or cutthroat? Share your experiences in the Comments section below.
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