One of the things I love most about the writing community is that we all help and lift each other. When I need help, encouragement, or just someone to talk to who understands–my writer friends are there.
It is not like a retail company. One has to work to be better to beat out the competition. Writing is different. All creative endeavors are different. Because it is not a competition.
Annika Spalding composed a beautiful and inspiring blog post on this subject. Go read it. I hope it inspires you, too.