You would have a hard time finding somebody that enters competitions but does not wish to win them. In fact, some people take on entering competitions as a hobby, something to give a thrill to their everyday lives. While there is no harm in this kind of enthusiasm, in order to hope to have any success, one must be selective and careful.
1. Do Not Enter Too Many Competitions
There is a commonly held belief that the more competitions a person signs up for the more likely it is that they will win. You can enter as many as you like at any one time; however, you could quickly find yourself growing tired of the process, exhausting resources from making trips and writing letters. Should you actually win anything for your efforts, odds are high that you would be too tired or annoyed to enjoy it. Pace yourself as best you can.
2. Do Not Sign Up If You Do Not Want the Prize
Consider quality over quantity. If you do not really need or want a year’s supply of pet food or that brand new computer, do not enter the competition. Not only do you provide a great disservice to people that actually desire the prizes, but you are left feeling empty and unsatisfied. Before you do anything final, decide whether or not you have any use for the prize, no matter what it is.
3. The More Difficult It Is To Enter, the Better the Odds Will Be
It is easy enough to fill out a slip of paper and throw it into a box, but putting actual work into a competition entry is another matter. Because a number of competitions require a certain amount of creativity and a willingness to work to stand out, the average person will not want to enter. Keeping this in mind, it is stuff like this that should get your attention and gain your efforts. The less people there are that sign up, the smaller the pool of competitors, and the higher the chance that you will win.
4. Know That There Is Not A Perfect, Exact Science To It
Even professionals that enter hundreds if not thousands of competitions a year know that there is not an exact science to it. What works for them one month will not necessarily prove fruitful for the next one. You may think you have a formula pinned down, one that will guarantee success and satisfaction no matter what, but this may not actually be the case. What you can do, though, is remember how to find something that will work in your favour. You can learn to filter out things that are not worth your time, and you can make sure that you do not burn out your passion in the process.