Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Notes on Comparison


There's always someone who lives in a bigger house than you;

There's always someone who travels to expensive, exotic locations for holidays;

There's always that certain someone who holds a higher rank than you in the rat cage. That same person may also be younger than you;

There's always someone who has more qualifications and certifications than you'd ever achieve in your lifetime;

There's also probably someone who saves more than you;

There's someone who has reached financial independence quicker than you;

For everything that you do, there's always someone who's better, faster, smarter in a spectrum of different things.

And that's perfectly fine.

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"Comparison, a great teacher once told me, is the cardinal sin of modern life. It traps us in a game that we can't win. Once we define ourselves in terms of others, we lose the freedom to shape our own lives." - James C. Collins





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1 comment:

  1. I once really got into comparing career trajectory with others who had come before me, but it was more about trying to push my own case for progression rather than necessarily being more successful than anyone else.

    Now that I have a senior role in our firm I've greatly scaled back comparisons with others, which is made even easier because I'm chasing something completely different to everyone I know in real life (i.e. that goal is early retirement of course). I think comparison can be useful at times, but it can also be quite damaging if you become fixated on it.

    Great post!

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