Featured products on different platforms. A new startup coming out every 5 seconds. An endless feed on Twitter. Hundreds of newsletters on the email. Interesting articles on Medium and Pocket waiting to be read. What's going on? How to deal with all of this? Whenever I start reading or following entrepreneurs I get this fear of missing out. What should I do?
Oh my goodness, you are speaking the sentiments of my heart just a month or so ago. You get a tip about something you are interested in but have to subscribe to get it and then a gush of emails follows.
You've been given some great advice about not looking to the left or the right but maintain your own thing. That is easier said than done. Usually there is a reason why we feel compelled to log on to these various social media platforms. We want to know how we are doing compared to other folks. Especially if we are new business owners, there is a feeling of being thrown into the deep end of the pool and you can't feel anything solid underneath you. It's SCARY!
This I can tell that part of you that wants to do it right, wants to be enough, wants to be ahead of the pack, same as I told myself, stay away from what does not inspire you. I found that constantly looking at what others were doing or saying I should do was so deafening that I could not hear the voice of my own inspiration for doing what I do.
There is something Wise inside of you that recognizes when something is for you and when it's not. There is also something magical about being on your authentic path. Stuff comes to you that you're suppose to know.
So the way I deal with information overload is I stay connected to what inspires me, what ignites my creativity, what makes me feel alive. If a subject doesn't do that, I ignore it. If it perks my curiosity, I check it out.
When I do that, what others are doing is of no consequence, neither is it my business. That's why it is imperative that you get clear on why you are doing what you are doing and what is your truest reward for doing it.
You are as unique as your DNA. There is no comparison. There is no competition. The key is to stay true to your pathway.