Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle – Thorin Klosowski

Don’t Compare!

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Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle – Thorin Klosowski

Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle

– Thorin Klosowski

Boy! Have we heard enough of these kind of quotes. Everyone tells us not to compare ourselves with others, but right from the start of our childhood, it seems like that we are always in a big race. In school, it is about how good you are in sports compared to the other kids, it is about how many medals you won, how much marks you scored and so on.

In college, it is about jobs, popularity contest, how good your looks are and what not. At job, it is about your performance ratings, your pay hike, the size of your team, how close you are to your boss and so on – Gee the list goes on way longer than I thought!

If that is the case, why are we here today writing about the same old cliched phrase – Don’t compare. On the contraire, we are going to say that do compare, but make sure that you know what you are comparing for. There are different aspects that need to come right in order to compare. The basic rule is that there have to be some

  • Similarities
    • The stage of your project – whether it is the start
    • Capacities – if you are thinking of music composition, don’t compare yourself to Beethoven and feel sad about yourself
  • Dissimilarities
    • More than anything else, the purpose of these dissimilarities matter
      • If it is to say why you are not that good, then forget the whole exercise
      • If it is to identify what you can improve, then perfect, you are in the right stage.

Well, the above two points are just the tip of the ice berg. I don’t want to be someone who preaches out here on a post about a quote, but we do like to point out the obvious sometimes and we do like to question. And for us, the only question that is important is – THE PURPOSE.

If at any point the comparison is pushing you down or making you feel a little diffident about yourself, then I am sorry – you are doing it completely wrong. You need to reassess what you are doing. It makes sense if the comparison has a constructive purpose, if not – we can suggest you more things to feel bad about yourself.

All those people who have achieved the big things in life have gone through the struggles and challenges of their own. We can’t expect to get there without appreciating the kind of challenges they have gone through and the requirements of our goal – the capacities, training and time.

Granted that we do believe in fantasies, we would like to believe in the ones that come true and one way of making sure that we are on the right track is just stepping back a bit and identifying where we are, where we want to be and if the persons we are comparing ourselves with can be our role models in a certain way.

If the answers for the above questions is a yes, then maybe we are headed closer to our goal than we think.

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6 Responses to "Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle – Thorin Klosowski"

  1. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder · Edit

    Right..we are quite hypocrites as far as comparison is concerned. We keep on comparing ourselves and others…rather by instinct. A quote we should always remember.

    Loving this quote of the day series. Wonderful compilation, Vinay… 🙂

    1. Thank you Maniparna, I am really glad you liked it. This time I thought I would take it seriously and make sure I come up with atleast one each day and I have been pretty happy the way they are turning out. I would still like to gain more interaction with the readers though, something you do it very well on your site. I see that you have a charming way of having them engaged. Any suggestions?

  2. Very well said Vinay. Our lives are full of comparisons for the wrong reasons. If we ever compare to improve ourselves, then it would be a different world for us and the society.

    1. Thank you Fayaz, nice to hear from you. It had been a while since I got in touch. Hope things are going great.

      I agree, somehow I guess it is ingrained in our thought process, maybe by the society or the people around us – maybe the good thing there is that it makes us elevate our standards, but the real challenge is to maintain the confidence while being competitive as well. I find that quite an interesting mix.

      That is a nice way of looking at things I would say, the way to look within and see how far we have come and how long we have to go. Maybe that helps bridge the gap and helps us go forward with our lives..

  3. Man ! I have to say, You just bring out the best point. I suffered with it a lot, How can I improve that?
    It always takes time, I know that, but still 🙁 Any tips? look forward to that. Great Article.

    1. Thank you so much Sourav, these words mean a lot to me :). The last few days, we have been trying to focus on the new type of articles and I am very happy to know that we are able to connect better.

      I guess we all do that, somewhere we just have to stop and identify if it is actually drawing us down and playing with our confidence. If that is the case, each time something like that happens – I try to manage a diary and see how I can replace that behavior with something else. Instead of justifying I try to accept something I am not good at and see how I can be good at that. Not that it works all the time, but it certainly makes life a little bit easier and gives me an opportunity to talk to these people who are doing it well and seek their help.

      I think it has somehow to do with consciously looking beyond the shortcomings if that makes any sense .. :)..


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