I never understood why musicians have to compete with each other in order to “make it”. I’ve always made this argument that art and music are unique on their own and competing doesn’t make any sense. Do snowflakes compete for beauty? No, it’s unique on its own and it’s its uniqueness that makes it even more beautiful.
Perhaps the need to compete back when there were when only a small handful of record labels to choose from was true. But in today’s market, with the internet and free exposure at your fingertips, do you really need to be like everyone else anymore? Be weird. Get lost in your own personal uniqueness.
I think Seth Godin covered it brilliantly here.