Apologies for the "real-ness" of this post.. but I found it highly relevant for some of you who are experiencing this!
COPYCATS IN BUSINESS!!
They say being copied by someone else is the greatest form of flattery :) Knowing that every move you make is being watched so intently... knowing that the person actively watching you has put you in such an authority figure to read your every post, cultivate your every idea and take action on what you've shared...is a real eye opener if nothing else...
If someone has to do this 1) they lack creativity, but 2) also they must spend a whole lot of time thinking about the awesomeness that is you! and your fan-freaking-tastic business! They must believe you have a GREAT idea... and that you are very much a worthy adversary to copy in the first place!!! If they can not think for themselves or are looking to you for their next business move what does that say about them and their business sense.. It takes more than the ability to stalk another business and recreate what they do... In any industry, similarities will occur, and keeping up-to-date with what's happening in your industry can be valuable tool, but don't let it consume you, especially when it's more about the owner than the business!
I know it can be frustrating to know that your ideas are being poached but look at it this way, you're obviously doing much better than they are, they really have way too much time on their hands if all they do is keep tabs on what you are up to, eventually karma comes around, and it will happen eventually that their clients will discover that their business isn't really what it appears to be... It takes more than a mimic to be successful... Take it in your stride! All you can focus on being the best you can be, things will fall into place that will show them that you are superior in what you do for a reason...
With that said, aside from rocking it in your business. Try not to waste your time or energy on people who don't deserve it.. Have the respect and belief in yourself to know that you've got this!! You are AMAZING! So go on and spread your gifts!! We believe in you!!
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