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By Marcus Santer

compare-and-despair

Here’s my favourite quote from the week:

“Success is not measured by what you do compared to what somebody else does… Success is measured by what you do compared to what you’re capable of doing…”
Zig Ziglar

It was good to be reminded of this, this week.

Because the whole: Compare and Despair idea is worth contemplating on a regular basis.

You see, we humans are predisposed to compare ourselves with others and when you add this to how we’re also predisposed to have a blind obedience to authority figures…

Well it’s easy to get yourself into trouble.

Think about it this way…

Before TV, travel and to a much greater extent the Internet, who do you think you’d see on a regular basis?

Exactly…

Locals.

The pool of people you could compare yourself with was usually very small.

But today with the relentless self-inflicted bombardment of shizzle coming from:

And whatever other social media things there are out there I’m simply too old to be hip to – it’s just too easy to end up comparing yourself to celebrities (modern authority figures) and people you’ve no right comparing yourself too.

Now this might not be a problem for you.

You might be one of those folk who can use this artificial proximity to a celeb or world class authority to inspire and motivate yourself to do whatever it is you want to do.

But then you might be like me…

You might find being able to easily compare what you’re doing with others can leave you feeling flat and worthless.

Let me give you a concrete example of what I mean.

I’m developing my knife making chops.

Practicing the mechanics and skills of making folding, liner lock knives.

Now when I hold onto the quote above, I really am very successful.

Because comparing the 3 knives I’m working on now with the last 3 knives I worked on. I can clearly see I’ve made improvements in my skill and technique.

And I feel good about my progress.

I feel confident that if I keep this up, I will one day – perhaps even soon – be able to sell my knives.

It’s good.

But I’ve also been checking Instagram several times a day.

I follow the feeds of many of the best knife makers in the world.

And I look at what they’re making.

And sometimes I can’t help but compare what I’ve made to what they’ve made and I do despair.

And I do feel like I’m never going to be good enough.

And sometimes I’ve come close to giving up making knives altogether.

My solution?

To unfollow 95 percent of the knife folk I was following and to frequently go a few days without even checking Instagram.

But this isn’t about knife making.

It’s about you and your success with living and ageing well.

It’s about the perils of being able to compare everything you do with celebrities, the genetical gifted and world class leaders in whatever arena you’re working in.

Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.

So if you’re like me…

If you find seeing what others are up to leaves you thinking and feeling less about yourself…

I invite you to unfollow, unsubscribe and free yourself from their influence.

I promise you the sky won’t fall down on your head.

And if you want to know more about the harmful influence celebrities and the machine behind them is having on your life and why you’d do well to ignore pretty much everything they have to say…

You’ll want to read August’s ZEN+ Journal.

Because apart from continuing The Healthy Ageing Pyramid… I’ll also be looking closely at the Cult of Celebrity.

How they’ve influenced:

For the worse.

It’s eye opening material.

Anyway, you’ll need to be a ZEN+ Journal subscriber if you want all the details and find out how to inoculate yourself against the celebrity obsessed culture we currently find ourselves drowning in.

You can become a Journal reader on this page.

And discover all the other cool benefits being a member gives you.

Why not do it now before something comes along to distract you?

Bye for now

Marcus