Yesterday I wrote about the dangers of comparing yourself
to other people. I said, "Comparison leads to arrogance or shame, but never happiness."
A number of people responded and said things like, "but what if it inspires you to step up your game? What if it makes you say, 'If so-and-so can do it, so can I?'"
I think the feedback I got helped me see something important, there's a big difference between inspiration and comparison.
inspires me. The way he writes, the way he communicates his view of the world, the way he takes risks inspires me.
inspires me. I wrote about her in my new book Do Over
because when she was told "no" by every publisher she didn't give up. She self published, sold her books out of her trunk and eventually hit the New York Times Bestsellers list.
Those are two, of the many, people who inspire me, but inspiration is not the same thing as comparison.
Let's look at some of the differences: