Did someone “steal” you assignment? Do you feel that it’s unfair that a competitor without your experience or resume just got a gig you wanted? Well, tough luck, my friend. That someone made more effort, there is no way to sugarcoat that. Instead of bitching and moaning about it, look at what they did and try to learn from it.
You see, noone is entitled to anything – with a few exceptions that don’t apply to us regular people. Everything needs to be earned. And maybe, just maybe, you are leaning towards experience and past achievements waiting for things to naturally come to you, meanwhile someone else is working their butt off creating something new and fresh. And even if you are – per se – doing everything right, there might be someone else doing everything right… only better.
I am never sure to get a call back from a client. Or sell another ticket to a show. Or be booked again next year. There is never anything “in the bag”. What I am sure of is that if I deliver on all aspects that are important to the client (not only the “craft”), chances are noone beats me to the job in the future. The moment I realize that I am not entitled to anything is the moment I realize what needs to be done to get the results I want.
Worth thinking about now, isn’t it?