Pointing to others’ struggles as some sort of clannish, cliquish solidarity is a petty excuse for not advancing.
“I’m not the only struggling artist, other artists are struggling too!”
“I’m not the only business owner feeling the pinch, others are feeling it too!”
“I’m not the only musician who can’t get my music heard, nobody can!”
“It’s not just me, everybody’s having a tough time!”
Important because if you allow the plight of others to lure you into their drama, you’ll start to forget who you are and start to believe you’re one of them. You’re in this alone. Put on your blinders and dig in.