Which way do you compare?
Up or down?
Do you look at your work, knowing it’s not where you want it to be, and attempt to justify it? We all do it.
“Yeah but its definitely better than his work or that project…”
It’s easy to compare down. You look at the stuff that may not be as good as your work and you feel good. You think to yourself that you’re better than people who have had some success. It makes you feel good. So there’s some merit to compare down. But, what if you compare up?
How do you compare with the best in the world? With the leader? With the work of those you admire?
Well, sure, we can make excuses and reason with ourselves that they have way more experience or more money or more credentials. We can justify why we’re not quite there and why that’s ok. But one thing remains clear: When we compare up, we know we have a long way to go. When we compare up, we look forward and try to find a path. It may not feel good to compare up, but it needs to be done if you’re going to make yourself better.
When you stop comparing up, you stop growing. You freeze in the middle of the pack. You become irrelevant and old, and quickly forgotten. Always up. Aways forward.
This series of content is a small experiment. I pledged to create a piece of content on my site for the next 365 days. You can read the opening post here. The posts aren’t limited to thoughts or ideas, they’re really just a way for me to create original content. If you got any feedback/questions, please reach out. Thanks for looking.
Dmitry N. Rusakov