Are you comparing yourself to others?
I heard a story once of young mothers who started talking about when their children learned to walk. They were almost bragging about how young their child had been. And those whose children still couldn't walk felt... well, you can guess. Then one of the mothers said: "Honestly, who cares when they learn to walk. I bet that when they are three years old, they all walk, talk and probably outshine you when it comes to using your phones and iPads. They all develop at their own pace!"
I love that little story. It reminds me that when I am learning to do something, it is no point in comparing myself to others. They may have mastered the skill I am learning a long time ago. Or they may be way behind me. The only thing that matters to me is where I am compared to myself. Am I learning the new skill? Am I happy in the process?
If I would compare my novels for example to the world famous authors, I'd never write a word...
How about you? Have you compared yourself to someone who is a lot better in something, and become discouraged as a result? Did you manage to get past that stage and admire their achievement, and maybe try to learn from them?
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