Those touchy mediocrities who sit trembling

Here’s an interesting riddle. 

You can’t spell comparison without the word prison

Think about it. That’s exactly what happens inside of our minds when we indulge the thief of joy. We add ten pounds to the bar wondering what the other guy is doing. We look at the people around us for evidence of why we’re not good enough or smart enough or successful. 

When the reality is, who other people are in regard to our path isn’t all that interesting. It’s just a distraction. An addiction. Procrastination in disguise. That’s the prison of comparison. 

Rand’s treatise on individualism puts it perfectly.

The hallmark of the second rater is resentment of another man’s achievement, those touchy mediocrities who sit trembling lest someone’s work prove greater than their own. 

Next time you feel the gasps of comparison arousing in your lungs, try asking yourself the following question. 

Is this going to forward me to better mental health, or is it going to fuel the idea that I’m not good enough? 

The answer is almost always the latter. That’s what we do. We spend too much time looking over our shoulder. 

We compare ourselves with others and forget the uniqueness of our own journey. 


Which of your actions silently scream, I am not enough? 

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