Alright, it's time for some real talk. Ready? Let's go.
It's impossible not to be a victim of comparison these days, especially as a business owner. Ideas are everywhere... And sometimes they overlap. It sucks, but that's just the nature of pursuing creative things. You can't take it personally and you can't let it get the best of you.
Why? Because you can't control what other people do. You can only control you. Yeah, we wish others wouldn't copy our designs and really feel for our fellow entrepreneur friends going through the same thing, but at the end of the day, what other people do isn't relevant to us. We need to be concerned about what we're doing, focusing on having the best product, marketing, and customer experience possible. Honestly? There's no time to be concerned with the "competition".
If we're doing the absolute best we can for our own business, it doesn't matter what others are doing because we're attracting the customers we're meant to. And to that end, if we can't come up with creative ideas on our own, we probably shouldn't be executing them. That's because no one can do what you do how you do it.
It might be easy to call out the copiers, publicly shaming them and drawing attention to the situation to create loyalty, but all that does is make you look insecure. It's a detrimental thing in both business and life. You have to believe in yourself 110%, because if you don't, you're going down just as hard as the others.
And to that note—running a business is going to feel dang near impossible if you're constantly freaking out about who may or may not be trying to steal your ideas and be the next you. It'll lead you to want to burn bridges and girl, that's just not what you want to do. Burn enough of them and before you know it, you'll be stuck all by yourself. One of the most amazing things about owning your own business is really the people you meet along the way. You can't be afraid to ask people for help or help them in return, it's core to entrepreneurship and just the way to be a good human.
All it comes down to is confidence in yourself and confidence in your fellow entrepreneurs. It's not always going to be easy—cattiness and copying exists, and sometimes it's going to hurt either your feelings, your business, or both. But as long as you work hard and be nice to people, things will always work out in your favor.
Remember: No one can do what you do how you do it. So just do it already!