Comparing Yourself With Others

Comparing Yourself With Others

“A flower does not think of competing with the one next to it. It just blooms.”

-Sensei Ogui

How do we judge our rate of success in life? Ideally, it should be by the parameters of each individual endeavor.

If your goal of the day is to stock up on groceries, on paper, it shouldn’t be too difficult unless unforeseen circumstances get in the way.

On the other hand, if you’re thinking of transitioning from an apartment to a mansion-sized house, it’s obviously not going to be done in a flash unless you have Aladdin’s genie helping you.

Jokes aside, the one thing to avoid is to compare our success to others.

The second we start thinking why didn’t this happen to me when it happened to so-and-so so quickly is when the downfall comes.

We each move at our own pace. Our expectations should be formed keeping ourselves in minds, not others.

No doubt, it’s not always easy. Because I’m a writer, whenever I see someone who’s more or less on the same level get published much faster or find rapid fame, I have to remind my self that his or her success has nothing to do with my skills (or lack thereof). Their journey is theirs, mine is mine.

Never slack on working hard toward your dreams but at the same time, set a pace for it that works for you, not a pace that someone else sets.

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