Talkin’ Paint Podcast | Season 2 – Episode #16 – Overcoming The Obsession With Competition

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Talkin’ Paint Podcast | Season 2 – Episode #1 – Overcoming The Obsession With Competition

Welcome back to the Talkin’ Paint podcast, a beacon for those in the auto detailing and paint protection film industry. As your host, Gabe Fletcher from Ceramic Pro Pottstown and founder of Detailing Growth, I’m here to guide you through a journey of self-discovery and business improvement. Today, we’re exploring a topic that’s a growth trap for many: obsession with competition. Let’s discover how this mindset can cloud your vision and what you can do to redirect your focus towards what truly matters.

Understanding the Competition Obsession Trap

Many of us have been guilty of closely monitoring our competitors, often to the point of distraction. While it’s natural to be aware of your business environment, an excessive focus on others can actually hinder your progress. This habit often stems from deeper issues – be it insecurities, the fear of being left behind, or an ego-driven desire to be the best without genuinely striving for personal excellence.

Reflecting on my journey, I recognize times when I was more engaged in stalking competitors than nurturing my own business. This was more than just a business strategy; it was a reflection of my fears – fear of inadequacy and the anxiety of others outperforming me. The truth hit hard: my obsession was more about feeding a broken ego than aligning with my core business values.

Refocusing Energy: From Competition to Self-Improvement

Believing that keeping an eye on rivals will give you an edge is a misconception. This constant comparison siphons energy and attention away from where it’s needed most – your own growth and the experience you offer your clients. Every moment spent on this obsession is a missed opportunity for enhancing your business.

Your business’s growth depends on how well you manage quality control, nurture customer relationships, and innovate. These critical areas suffer when your attention is scattered, tracking every move of your so-called competitors. I’ve seen businesses lose their essence in this trap, and it’s a path to stagnation, not success.

Redefining Competition and Value

True competition is not about beating the shop down the street but about overcoming your own limitations. It’s a fight against personal barriers and the potential you have yet to realize. Are you pushing boundaries? Setting new standards? Or are you simply existing in a state of complacency?

The practice of undercutting prices to outdo competitors is a destructive strategy. It not only undermines the value of your services but also contributes to a downward spiral for the entire industry. True value lies in the quality of your work and the customer experience you deliver, not in how low you can drop your prices.

Strategies for Personal and Business Growth

Focus on What You Can Control

Redirect your energy towards factors within your control: improving your services, enhancing customer experiences, and personal growth. Recognize that real progress comes from internal developments, not external comparisons.

The Power of Self-Reflection

Regular self-evaluation is crucial. Are you innovating? Are you just going through the motions or actively working to improve your business? This introspection can be challenging, but it’s essential for genuine growth.

Investing in Your Business and Yourself

To truly compete, invest in being a leader in your industry. Strive for excellence in your service, implement effective systems, and create an unforgettable customer journey. This is how you distinguish yourself in a saturated market.


As we wrap up, remember that the key to overcoming competition obsession lies in focusing on your own journey. Your path to success is unique and can’t be measured by someone else’s yardstick. Invest in yourself, your team, and your business – that’s where real growth happens.


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Gabe Fletcher

Gabe Fletcher is a renowned figure in the detailing industry and a leader in automotive care as the owner-operator of Ceramic Pro Pottstown/Total Detailing, and the co-founder of Detailing Growth. Beyond his business acumen, Gabe is a member of the Forbes Council and shares his insights through various publications and his Talkin' Paint Podcast, covering automotive trends and insights. He is also the author of "Reconcile The Gap," inspiring individuals to overcome challenges and realize their potential.


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