Sizing Up Your Success
Recently, I've been thinking a lot about success. There are a multitude of benefits to be had when looking at others success. Seeing how they've done it gives great examples to follow in our own lives. We can copy their actions to get similar results. In contrast, we can also study the failures of others and learn from their mistakes.
To our own detriment, we sometimes form a skewed focus of successful people. We have tendencies to compare ourselves to them. This is neither healthy nor productive. You may have thought:
"How can I even compare?"
"It was easier back when they started. Now, it's harder."
"They're successful only because they had an advantage I don't have"
These types of thoughts can have a crippling effect on your end state. In some cases, even a cause to give up.
I challenge you to not worry about what anyone else has accomplished. Focus on your path and what you want to achieve. Each of our path's are going to be different. Let your own unique advantages carry you to your goals.
There are going to be people who say you can't do it. These kind of people are all over the place and could most likely be your friends and family. I like what Teddy Roosevelt said:
"It is not the critic who counts: nor the one points out how the strong person stumbled, or where the doer of a deed could have done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually strive to do deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends oneself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he or she fails, at least fails while daring greatly. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory not defeat."
Focus on what you want to achieve. Don't compare yourself to other's success, nor listen to the non-believers who say you can't succeed. Your success is defined by you and you alone.
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