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For many, many years I found myself on the comparison bus. The seats are uncomfortable, the views are bleak, and ultimately you never reach a destination.

With the help of my personal board of directors, I’ve largely been able to park the comparison bus back in the bus barn where it belongs.

But every once in a while the bus comes out of storage. This week it’s been parked in front of my house, beckoning me. Taunting me with a journey that sounds easy but I know will go nowhere. At one point I was on the steps and about to fully get on board when a conversation with a friend pulled me back. 

Comparison is the Thief of Joy | 110 West Group | Cynthia Farrell

My goal for this weekend is to get that bus back in the barn. One of the ways that I do that is to repeat to myself these wide words (attributed to many, but I like the Theodore Roosevelt attribution):

Comparison is the thief of joy. 

And it truly is. And the thief of self-confidence, and belief, and so much else.

So if you find yourself comparing yourself to others (and LinkedIn, for all the benefits it brings, can be an absolute comparison trigger), send that bus on its way. You and your unique brilliance can be compared to no one else. Don’t let comparison steal your joy.

Have a great weekend, friends.

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