You have been said that comparison is bad. But I would argue, there’s some extent comparison could be good too.
In today’s post, I’am talk about what are the benefits of a healthy comparison as well as disadvantages of a bad comparison.
Comparison is good
Because it makes you great and pushes you to be excellent in your work.
Competition makes you better, always, always makes you better, even if the competitor wins ~ Carlos Slim.
See, when you compare yourself with someone who’s greater than you. It forces you to do your best and makes you even better.
Lisa Earle McLeod who is an author and forbes columnist says,
Have you ever watched someone give a great presentation, or handle themselves well in a tricky situation and found yourself saying, “Wow, next time I’ll do it that way?”You’re not alone. Watching others is how we learn.
If I hadn’t seen great presenters, like Steve Jobs, I’d probably still be stuck behind a podium using boring bullet point slides.
Comparison also helps you to become more compete and makes you grateful. M.J. Ryan says in his book, The Happiness Makeover: Teach Yourself to Enjoy Every Day
“Scientists call looking at those less fortunate downward comparison, and it is remarkably effective at boosting our happiness.”
“Studies now show that people who do are actually more likely to help others, to volunteer or work toward alleviating social injustice because of their awareness of their blessings.”
“It’s useless to tell ourselves not to do it — it’s part of the function of the brain to compare.”
A healthy comparison not only make you competitive in your art but also makes you better person in the society by being gratitude.
Comparison is bad
An unhealthy comparison is very unfair, makes your life miserable.
Because often we compare our worst with others best not our best.
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” ~ Steve Furtick
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” ~ Steve Jobs
For say, millions of writers write and publish millions of books each year. Most writers usually are not rich and there are some writers who couldn’t even afford well their family with their salary.
But J.K. Rowling become a millionaire by simply writing a children book.
Anyone who hear Rowling story will be jealous.
But, behind-the-scenes, the truth is she took 6 years to finish ‘harry potter and the philosopher’s stone’ book while any experienced writer usually took 3 or 6 months to write a book.
Also note, she had a baby and divorced. So, she used to write while travelling in train on the way to her office. After finishing her book, first 12 publishers refused to publish her book.
Now say, did J.K. Rowling became a millionaire by simply writing a book.
Comparison is a coin. One side is good and another is bad. It’s your choice that where you look at.
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