Why Do We Compare Ourselves to Other People’s Success?

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Danielle Ransom

Founder & Owner of: Young Aficionada

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Beauty, Fashion, Food & Drink and Lifestyle Writer


Sigh*

It’s official. In about fourteen days, I (as will other college students all over America) will be starting the first day of my last year in college.

I just can’t believe how fast time has flown by and that summer is almost over. In some ways, I am excited and in others a little nervous. For the first time in a while my summer was productive. I have successively completed two internships and stepped up my involvement in two student organizations I was apart of.

As the tail end of summer draws near, I am starting to feel just a little (okay more than a little weary) from all this work but I have hopeful assurance that this will afford me a better outlook after college.

Not to mention I genially love the work I do and I have got to meet, interview and work with some pretty amazing people around Austin. I truly believe that I have grown so much over the summer.

But on those days when I am not feeling so swell, a niggling thought always creeps it’s way into my mind. Especially on my rest days or slow work days.

Am I truly doing enough to be a standout amongst my peers? Am I even ‘good’? 

Sometimes, I see classmates or friends landing ‘cool’ jobs, opportunities or jetting off somewhere ‘exotic’ that I would love to do but I have to remind myself that the things I am doing are good too. Everyone starts small.

I have to constantly remind myself that people typically only post the good things online.

With that in mind, I put my refocus and tell myself “I am good.” Which is one reason why I started my own blog.

Just remember, a village doesn’t build itself in one day.

  1. Everyone had to start from the bottom before they could rise to the top.
  2. We are all capable and able to create great things and achieve great things.
  3. Don’t let self-doubt and worry hinder your progression.
  4. Every day is a great day to start working towards your goals.

P.S. Can I get a ‘woot!woot!’ for my first feature post on The Millionaire’s Digest!


Article Credits: Danielle Ransom

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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20 Comments
  1. B?ch L? 3 years ago

    i was always compare myself to others when i was at high school and started getting frustrated, but now i realize that comparing ourselves to someone who spends more time doing the work than we do is so stupid.

    • IAmConfidence 3 years ago

      Yes! Many people also have what they have because they have been willing to take greater risks and be more focused and disciplined than others.

  2. 2020visionsblog 3 years ago

    I never compared myself to anyone growing up, I always strived for the best. It was after the accident in 2013 that I started comparing myself to others as I am not able to play with my daughter as other parents are. I weighed 300pds after having my last child and within two years went down to 113pds,and now I weigh 140pds and I compare myself to others because I feel fat. I used to work up to 120 a week being a CNA, was almost done with my Nursing and that ended in 2013, so now that I am not able to work and I was proud that I was able to support my family. to not being able to work and then the people around me are telling me to find a writing job, yes, I am a script writer, but writing this script is taking up a lot of time. People have said can you get paid to blog, I said “I am not sure how yet? Any ideas would help, and maybe it would help my confidence that I once had..Sorry I didn’t mean to say so much…but sometimes it feels good to express my self

  3. IAmConfidence 3 years ago

    Self-confidence is VITAL! That I what will breed PATIENCE in your journey, and Patience is something majority of people battle with.

    There is nothing you are doing now that is a waste provides you are soon it with a bigger picture in mind. All you desire is within you already!

  4. dasoulstriker 3 years ago

    Power of self confident can not be beaten by what you see but what counts more what you feel about yourself 🙂 🙂

    http://www.dasoulstrikersite.wordpress.com

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  6. StephJnr 3 years ago

    True words. Comparison kills contentment! ?
    You can check out my post on a similar topic on http://www.sakjunior.wordpress.com

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  9. depatridge 3 years ago

    Comparing ourselves with others is not necessary because although we are all human, our situations and abilities differ. Each person is unique.

  10. Boss in the middle 3 years ago

    I used to compare myself to others, then I realized that it’s up to me to be me. That focused me in an unbelievable way. I learned that I need to be happy with who I am and work with the talents God gave me. Success for me, isn’t success for others. And vice-versa. If you live in your purpose, your fulfillment will come at the end of the day when you look in the mirror and say, “yup, you did that”. If you don’t set you mind right now, those feelings grow as you grow. You never stop comparing yourself to others. bossinthemiddle.com

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  12. Bethy 2 years ago

    Meaningful!:)

  13. Lexi 2 years ago

    I completely agree with this. I constantly struggle with this everyday, but I see myself improving everyday. It’s also important to surround yourself with peers that are supportive and aren’t judgemental. Also, something my mom would always say,
    “The people you’re comparing yourself to aren’t paying your tuition, you are. So live YOUR life and not someone else’s.” https://lexichantel.wordpress.com

  14. emilypetrie 2 years ago

    Lots of good, well-condensed insight here! I always find it interesting how we constantly compare ourselves to others instead of simply holding ourselves to our own personal best and encouraging our peers, instead.
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. mindelate 2 years ago

    *woot woot!!* excellent post with a timeless reminder. This is something we’ve all succumbed to eventually. Comparing ourselves to others, noticing only their life’s highlights while forgetting that they too, have down moments just like us. Thank you for the inspirational post 🙂

  16. maryellxcreamsun07 2 years ago

    I agree with this very much especially on the “people typically only post the good things online” part. I always felt so bad about my classmates bragging on social media about achievements that they did not even work for. 🙁 This is a very insightful read that makes me reflect again at the end of the day. 🙂

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