Owning a business takes a special person. The worry of constantly bringing in clients or maintaining revenue levels can be a scary process. Sadly, I have noticed that sometimes other accountants will not talk to each other because they feel connecting with the same or similar industries is a waste of time. The idea of not connecting to similar industries is the competition mindset and this mindset wants to get to all of the clients first as if there isn't enough to go around. Perhaps, they have had bad experiences with people stealing clients. But just as in relationships no one can steal your client if that is your ideal client.
We will lose focus of who we are and our purpose if we are constantly looking over our shoulders at others in comparison. Business owners often look at what other business owners are doing in the same field. The excuse is to see what the competition is doing so you can keep up. But we can see that trying to out do or keep up with someone before you are ready can be detrimental to your business. Just look at the cell phone companies.
Jealousy is very prevalent amount women business owners. I have seen men work together but compete with women. I have seen women do it to other women. We don't embrace the fact that we are not actually in competition.
As followers of the true Messiah, Yahshua, we should realize that we are colleagues in our businesses. Operating and being confident in who you are in God will help you to see clearly what you should do to find and maintain the right clients. You should find comfort in your colleagues as a support system. I am not saying you should give all of your inside details out but realize you can support each other. We have to have wisdom with whom we work.
One of my favorite verses is about the body of the Messiah is 1 Corinthians 12:27 - Now you are the body of the Messiah, and each one of you is a part of it.
We are a part of God's grand plan and what a grand plan it is! He is just and fair and has infinite wisdom and he has a plan for each of us. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV - For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The next time you feel jealous, stop and pray. Jealous is a sign of insecurity (1 Corinthians 3:3). Who are you in the Messiah?