Are You Afraid of Being the Small Fish in the Pond?

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Just because you’re not the biggest fish in the pond doesn’t mean you have to leave the pond.

Trust me; there are always bigger fish, smarter people, more established experts, better dancers, savvier marketers out there.  It doesn’t matter.  They’re not your market.  They’re not your enemies either.  You only have to worry about them if they come after you, and if you’re the small fish in the big pond they probably won’t even notice you.

If they do, remember this: you are younger, more agile, less tied down to history and expectations.  You can get into those tiny niches that they could never go.  Being the small fish in the big pond is better than the big fish in the small pond.  Your potential is vast whereas the big fish has already outgrown the pond.

So don’t feel pressured to hold off your ideas cause it may have been done better or by someone more established because they way you do it, because it is YOU doing it that makes it unique.

My point is this:

don’t let your fear of not being the best hold you back from giving it your best.

Flickr photo courtesy of EssG.

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Posted on 07 July 2009 by Carl

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  • You're article is awesome and so instructive along a fabulous lesson for people whose in the field and still in the lower level. if could follow the lesson than will get a higher position in the field soon and would called a big fish in a small pond.

  • Amazing and very handy information is given in this article, I read the article and according to my opinion small fish may become better gradually, similarly if you stick on the same work and keep struggling hard to earn fame then definitely, one day you will become experienced because of your efforts. Same is the case with the fish and every small fish grows one day and becomes the experienced under the shadow of big fish. 

  • I don't think we should be afraid, that's how most of us start. Being small and slowly growing with time and experience.

  • Great Post. Every big fish in the pond had to be a small fish at one point or another.

  • hey Carl!!

    first off. really like your site. awwwsome design, unique feel and solid, quirky content. we should be friends :)

    "Just because you’re not the biggest fish in the pond doesn’t mean you have to leave the pond."
    - that really got me thinking... you know, about the small fish big pond maxim. i don't think that you ever leave the pond. your perspective on the pond changes. that's it.

    ...and def always bigger fish, smarter people and more established... but i kinda like that. i like the competition. the drive. the "ghetto hood mentality". the "i will make this happen no matter what" attitude that comes from competition and NOT being the best. yet.

    i say funk the pond. grow legs and laugh from the pond's edge at the big fish struggling to get bigger =)

    haha :D

    keep well man and in touch
    alex - unleash reality

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