Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. ~William Faulkner
I hope you've been loving the revamped 'quote of the week' as much as I have. I'm especially fond of this one as I'm in the habit of saying that I love to compete but the person I love to beat the best, is myself.
I'm in this funny, awkward stage of life in which I happen to be a bit ahead of my time. I'm 25. I have been employed full-time since the day I graduated college. Oh yeah, and I do have a college degree. I'm a homeowner. I'm established in my community and my church. I'm kind of an 'old soul' for lack of a better term.
So competing with my contemporaries could either inspire me to be even more of a go-getter than I am or it could give me an excuse to coast. Hey, I'm pretty advanced for 25, let's just hangout here being content and not push to be even better every year. Well you all know me well enough to know I'm a pusher. I push my friends but I push myself harder than I push anyone else. I push myself to be disciplined. I push myself to be thoughtful. I push myself to reach goals, to try new things, and to be outside of my comfort zone - regularly. My challenge for you is to push yourself to be better than you've ever been before. Stop comparing yourself to other people, regardless of if it makes you feel better or worse about yourself. Set goals and acheive them for your own sake.