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05/11/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kill the Competition

Kill the competition is the only way to think about your business and especially your competition. Most people do not desire competition in business but then do little or nothing to eliminate it. You wouldn't tolerate fleas on your dog or termites in your house, you would eliminate them. Why not do the same with competition? This economy does not afford many to successfully compete for the same dollars. You can't afford to give your product and services away today so you have to figure out how not to compete. Now is the time to create situations where you are eliminating competition not being compared to it. Who wants competition? Not me! In my companies we shamelessly do everything we can to eliminate and destroy competition.

Apple did it with full glass and no keypad- bang, iPhone. They despise competition so much they create new products aggressively to make earlier products extinct. Google elect to eliminate the competition- crush! Virgin Airlines is doing it and everyone talks about their service! So how do you eliminate the competition? Simply, DO WHAT OTHERS WILL NOT DO!

As a business owner or manager you must stop thinking in terms of best practices and focus on 'ONLY' practices. Pay less attention to what your competition does well and look at what they will not do at all! Of course you want to improve on those things others do well but really pour gasoline on those things they will not do. The first step to killing off the competition is to refuse to believe that you have to compete and instead elect to think in terms of how to rid the competition like you would fleas or termites. By doing what others will not do you will create a competitive edge, maybe even an entire new business. In my newest book, If You're Not First, You're Last, Wiley Publications, I write in detail about the importance of being first and dominating your market. I explain exactly how to get there and how to never compete, even how to reduce and eliminate competition. Competition may be good for customers but it typically is not good for your bottom line. By doing those things that are competition killers you will start to provide a whole new value proposition for your customers.

How to Create Competition Killers:
1) Make a list of long held beliefs in your industry.
2) Assume all long held beliefs create competition.
3) Do what your competitor refuses to do.
4) Commit to ONLY practices not best practices.

It is a basic fact of nature, those that don't change are guaranteed extinction. In business, sales and service are the key ingredients to survival and competition cuts into your sales and ability to service. Why compete when you don't have to. Kill the competition by doing those things they will not do and you will increase your sales, expand your business and get more money for your services.

Grant Cardone, Business Expert and Author