This graph is from a video showing how unevenly wealth is distributed in the U.S.
In a fascinating interview this morning, Ford Harding related the importance of the Power Curve in defining success in networking, marketing and wealth. Simply put, a very few get most of the value and business, and then things drop sharply to the great masses. This suggests of course there is little room at the top -- unless you are first, or really better than anyone else out there.
These observations can be daunting to someone wishing to break through and succeed in AEC marketing. Harding, for example has literally written the book on "Rainmaking" -- the traits required to sell professional services. He has an updated edition coming out and will be sending me an advance copy. If you read his books, and diligently follow his suggestions, I'm confident you, too, could become a Rainmaker yourself.
But most of us simply won't. We won't build the network, the connection-base, the complex web of relationships and sharing that you need to achieve this type of success. I suppose that is okay for those of us either at the top or on our way there (and yes, I'll put myself in that category).
However, I don't think the power curve should discourage you if you think about things this way -- there are many ways to set yourself to be at the higher end of the power curve; and (to me) the best is excellence within your niche or area of expertise and/or the first. Surprising things happen when you are -- and it is great to scale the heights when you figure the way up.