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October is my favorite month of the year.
The leaves start turning incredible colors around my property.
And although this is the month when temperatures start to drop, it has not gotten to the point where you feel like you have to be trapped indoors.
As an added bonus October is the birth month of several people who are near and dear to my heart (topping that list is both my daughter and fiancee who coincidentally share the same birthday).
But the thing that truly takes October over the top is Halloween.
I have been known in the past to have adorned some pretty outrageous costumes to work, some built from scratch such as my blue man group costume I built with PVC piping and blue face paint.
I also consider myself an aficionado of the various haunted woods and haunted house experiences that can really get your heart pumping as you go through them.
My daughter apparently shares the same affinity for these scream-inducing escapades and as such we try to hit at least one or two haunted venues during the month of October when they seem to pop up everywhere.
My daughter acts brave while waiting in line to buy tickets but invariably, when it is time to enter, it is I who ends up leading the group of 5 or 6 individuals through the twists and turns along the marked path.
As a veteran of these haunted activities, I have begun to pick up on a pattern that I may or may not share with my daughter.
Although being at the very front of the group and making your way down the darkened corridors is not without its own feelings of peril, I have noticed that most of the truly scary moments, whether it be from live actors or triggered mechanical props, tends to target the middle portion or stragglers in the group.
In fact in my latest adventure a few weeks ago, I decided to test this theory and confidently walk from one section of the maze to the next as the group leader.
By doing this I would often catch some of the actors trying to get into position for their scare tactics (which they subsequently unleashed on my daughter and the other people in our group).
Of course I was not completely immune and would occasionally get the brunt of the unleashed terror they had in store, much to the delight of my daughter.
But overall I would say that it was at least a 1:4 ratio of me getting nailed as the forerunner compared to the rest of the participants.
I could end with just this little tidbit for others to hopefully employ if they find themselves in a similar situation, but I take great pride in trying to turn a life experience into a financial lesson whenever possible.
[Take for instance the financial epiphany I had just from mowing the grass.]
My financial take.
I believe that fortune tends to favor the bold, the innovators, the individuals who pioneer a typical niche or space.
It is always advantageous to establish a brand that captures market share from being the first.
Companies like Coca Cola and Pepsi have become the beverage behemoths that they are because of establishing early dominance.
Competitors come and go and often fall by the wayside because the public has already established a long standing connection with these companies.
Sure there can be an amazing product developed later by a competitor in the same niche that can have success.
But it takes a much larger effort to make inroads and carve out some market share because of the late entry.
On a personal level, entering fairly late to the physician blogging arena in mid 2018, makes it near impossible for me to achieve the heights of those who have paved the way before me.
Who knows what might have happened by even getting a two year head start if I had just committed to blogging when I first thought of it rather than procrastinating as long as I did.
However I still abide by the philosophy that it is better to be late than never.
And even if you find yourself as the last person in your Halloween group (a position I think is far more frightening than being the first), I would choose that position any day rather than sitting on my couch at home.
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Most importantly for kid, if they get out there first they get the best candy. Who wants candy corns when there’s snickers to be had?
Never understood the market for candy corns. Great point about getting the good stuff trick or treating early (although there is a phenomenon if you are one of the last to come by the homeowners then try to get rid of the remaining candy and really fill your bag)
I couldn’t help but think of the parallels of blogging. How much easier it would be to have started this proces 15 years ago.
I agree. It was a gold mine if you were a pioneer in a particular niche and those people who took the first steps typically got rewarded handsomely.
Great post! It pays off to get an early start. Once the field thickens, it can be very difficult to stand out. It’s possible, but way harder than if you’re early.
I agree with you about the haunted house. I’d rather be ahead. Being last is way scarier. The straggler is the one picked off.
Thanks Joe. Yeah I think it would freak me out being the last one going through a haunted house. Happy Halloween ?
Candy corn tastes like sweet plastic! Worst Halloween candy ever. Throw it at the haunted house actors. Xrayvsn, you’re doing amazingly well with your blog. I’ve realized recently that climbing the Alexa rankings and growing one’s blog at a reasonable pace takes more than just a weekly post. I feel that I’m at a crossroads, with a blog that one day might go somewhere, if I commit to a more robust activity level. But like all things, I feel stretched for time for the other components of a life well lived. The positive feedback loop from having a growing blog… Read more »
LOL. Yes on candy corn. Someone was a marketing genius making that even a candy. It seems like it was made from rejects from better candy. I appreciate you saying that about my blog. I won’t lie and say it is easy. It has been a struggle and there are times when I think I need to tone it down and decrease the amount of posts a week (3x/wk is challenging to say the least). That’s the good thing about being your own boss for your website, you can do whatever you want. The Alexa thing is a double edged… Read more »
Xrayvsn, There’s certainly a first-to-market benefit, although I’d argue that the Physician Philosopher making it into the WCI network means the door remains open even to relative latecomers. I’d observe that it’s not enough to lead, but to fail and iterate rapidly. WCI is the first to admit he threw a ton of stuff at the wall before figuring out what was sticking effectively as evidenced by his frequent comments that he never envisioned the success of his podcast. So it’s not only first-t0market advantage but persistence (work ethic) and willingness to try novel approaches. I see no reason you… Read more »
You are too kind thinking I can rank with the best of them which I think may be overestimating my capabilities 🙂 But I will keep chugging along and putting out content until it doesn’t become fun anymore 🙂
And yes the makers of candy corn are the ultimate marketers who pivoted from what I can only assume was reject candy and making it a staple of Halloween candy. Funny thing is my fiancee likes candy corn (but I think it is more to do with nostalgia of her childhood than actual taste (I hope)). LOL