It's called the Rising Tide Society- and if you haven't heard of it, you're going to want to go and read their story before you read this post.
This week, the Rising Tide Society is running an Instagram challenge called #InstaTideChallenge. Each day, they provide a prompt for what to post- all around the idea of 'Community over Competition'. The idea is that everyone who is participating posts to the same hashtag, and then browses that hashtag to read, like and comment on fellow creatives' posts.
Today, on the first day of the challenge (where we had to talk about and post a photo of ourselves- which is surprisingly hard to do, for the record), I was really inspired by everyone's encouragement of one another.
You would think, in a creative pursuit- especially one where business is involved- that competition would be a huge factor. But the Rising Tide Society has completely proven to me that this doesn't need to be the case. Since I joined Ottawa's chapter of The Rising Tide Society, I have met and worked with sooooo many incredible people. I've only gone to two "Tuesdays Together" meetups so far- but I have worked with more talented creatives than I can count on my two hands. And the support and encouragement that comes from being in a group like that is so invaluable.
"Community Over Competition"
It is so, so, so, so hard to not see everyone who is doing what you're doing- whether you're a calligrapher, photographer, planner, blogger, whatever it may be!- as your competition. Especially when they only post the best of the best on their social media feeds. But I'm telling you- treat your competition like you treat your best friends. Share secrets. Collaborate on projects. Share the wealth (or lack thereof....). Refer each other. Ask each other questions. Talk each other up, not down.
It's just so much more pleasant that way.
Here are some examples of work I've done in collaboration with fellow Rising Tide Society members that I've met through Ottawa's chapter.
Maybe someday I'll get into all of the different ways Community is better than Competition- but for now, just trust me. If you're struggling alone in a small business, join the group- not only on Facebook but in your own city- and turn your competition into your friends.
You can thank me later.