As I begin to read about myself in reports and the amount of column inches I am racking up slowly grows, I fear that I may begin to be compared to others who have tried and succeeded in my field and I would simply like to address one thing – there is no competition.

I do not do what I do out of a sense of competition or from an egotistical standpoint. I did not develop my hunger for the taking of life out of a search for some sort of fame. It was simply a calling to which I answered. Similar to the way people feel something pulling them and taking them down a path that leads them to their true profession, their true passion, or their true love, my calling too pulled me in the direction. That is something that I would stress for anybody reading my words right now.

When you have that feeling in your stomach, that one feeling that comes out of nowhere that you cannot control, the worst thing you can do is ignore it. I would rather regret the things I have done than regret the things I did not and most of you now reading have probably come to the same conclusion I have over these past few weeks – I have no regrets.

The final part that comes with following your true passion is that you do not view those around you as competition, people who are trying to rain on your parade or obstacles you must overcome. What they do has no bearing on what you do so writers, journalists, bloggers, keep writing and bringing up the names of others. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest and won’t make me change my M.O.

I am and forever will be me.

I am and forever will be Bishman.

Bob Bishman