It’s natural to compare. It’s rarely informative or productive, but it’s natural. When you see someone successful or similar to you in some way, the brain wants to compare.
What they have to what you have. What they’ve done to what you’ve done. How they do it to how you do it. When they did it to when you did it. Where they are to where you are.
There’s rarely, if ever, value in comparing your path and timeline to someone else’s. You haven’t lived their life.
You haven’t had their opportunities. You haven’t faced their adversities. You haven’t shared their experiences. You haven’t been in their relationships. You haven’t done their work. You haven’t dealt with their doubt. You haven’t sat in their uncertainty. You haven’t shouldered their success.
Don’t expect anyone else’s path and timeline to be a good comparison for yours. Expect your path to have its own unique shape and your timeline to have its own unique pace. Don’t compare. Just go create your best life.
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