Teddy Roosevelt once said this quote, apparently when he was reflecting on society in general, like wanting what the Jones’ next door have. But it’s very fitting in our Internet Marketing industry, too.
How often do you find yourself comparing your talents, progress, finances, etc., with someone else in this business?
I even do it myself. Sometimes I do it backward. If I see someone struggling, and I compare my success to their lack of it, it makes me sad. If I see some 7-figure marketer raking it in, I do some wishful thinking. I do it in my personal life, too – with tangible things, relationships, etc.
On one hand, it’s good to not be content in full with where you are now, because it keeps you motivated to build a better business that will sustain you over the years. But you can’t let it get to the point of slowing you down like quicksand.
I know people who are very whiny about how much they haven’t succeeded and boy – with their attitudes, they’ll never get anywhere.
If you do have to compare yourself, try to do it in a way that pats you on the back, rather than scolds you with shame.
Is there anyone else who has it worse than you do? Someone sitting at home on welfare that’s about to run out, unsure of how they’ll manage (and they know nothing about online work)…
Have you learned ANYthing in this business that you can be proud of? Even if it’s just how to make a hyperlink!
Recognize that not everything is as it seems. I know people who seem perfectly happy and their marriage is crumbling behind the scenes, or they’re about to have their house foreclosed on.
I know many marketers who put on airs about how wealthy they are when they’re not even beginning to make the money they claim. Or, maybe they are – but they’re living so far beyond their means that it’s a stressful juggling act trying to bring in new cash each month.
It’s good to remember that we shouldn’t be comparing our lives to other peoples. Just do the very best with YOUR life that you can. Be the best spouse, parent, friend, marketer and human possible.
Let someone else be right one day. Don’t be a grump to your kids – even if they messed up. Reach out to a friend and just be there for them. Pay it forward in the marketing world somehow. Let someone cut in line in traffic without a second thought.
Just be content with trying to better yourself and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing or not doing.
A lesson I can certainly implement myself!