Comparison Is the Thief of Joy, If You Let It

Comparison is a natural part of life. It’s necessary for decision-making. We compare prices, ratings and Amazon reviews before we buy things, and this is good. But we often use the same type of comparison as a benchmark for personal success.

Sometimes when I look through a successful blog, I am discouraged. I see how well they’re doing, and it makes me wonder if I’m good enough. I know I’m not alone in this. I believe Theodore Roosevelt had this type of comparison in mind when he said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” - Theodore Roosevelt Click to tweet

If you’re like me, you really do want other people to succeed, but you want to succeed too. Don’t let comparison steal your joy. If someone else can start a business, travel the world, grow a following or publish a book, you can learn from their success. Reach out to them and ask for advice. Be happy for them and use their triumphs as motivation to improve.

ThoughtsTimothy Buck