In a world where everyone posts the highlight reel of their life on social media, we get plenty of opportunities to compare ourselves to others.
You may find yourself thinking, "my videos will never get as many likes as him' or 'she looks so much better than I do' and then dive into negative thoughts.
However, a simple change in perspective can make it an opportunity rather than a waste of time. Instead of ranking people as better or worse, consider what you can learn from them. Understand that they may have a different skillset or more knowledge than you—and then try learning it from them!
Here are some questions you can ask yourself the next time you start comparing yourself with someone:
- What can I learn from this person? What are they doing right?
- What knowledge does that person have that could be helpful to me?
- What areas of expertise does this person have that would add value to me?
While the tendency to compare is perfectly normal, rather than being discouraged by others, it may serve us better if we stay curious & look for opportunities to learn from them. Also, it may be worth checking out 5 actionable steps to stop comparing yourself to others.