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"Obsessing about your competitors, trying to match or best their offerings, spending time each day wanting to know what they are doing, and/or measuring your company against them—these activities have no great or winning outcome. Instead you are simply prohibiting your company from finding its own way to be truly meaningful to its clients, staff and prospects. You block your company from finding its own identity and engaging with the people who pay the bills. … Your competitors have never paid your bills and they never will."

—Howard Mann, Your Business Brickyard: Getting Back to the Basics to Make Your Business More Fun to Run*

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(Thanks for the quote to Tom Peters)

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  1. Howard Mann September 27, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    Thanks for posting the quote Andy and the support. Hope you enjoy the book!

  2. Jeanine Arnopoulos September 27, 2008 at 11:13 am #

    Hello Andy-
    I could not agree with you more. Let me add this:
    When you are creating anything, use your own vision. Do not listen to what other people will tell you. Do not look to see what other people are doing. Allow your own vision to come forth. Do not be afraid to be different. We need different perspectives
    Trust your instincts. If your ‘new’ creation serves a purpose that will meet a need that will help change the world, that is your focus.
    PS Andy- The next time I get to Chi Town, Let’s have a ‘twitter Meet-n-Eat’ at the infamous ‘Weiner’s Circle’ lunch only!

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