"Playing the comparison game?"

Hands up if you've ever compared yourself to someone else...okay, bad idea, I can't see if you raised your hand. I'll assume you did because I think everyone has done this at some point. Maybe you even raised both hands to emphasise how often you look at someone and think "what are they doing that I'm not?".

Lately, I've found myself looking at a lot of inspiring people who started out exactly how I have, but who made their way up in life a lot quicker than I have. All too often I find myself thinking "maybe I'm just not likable enough". That's a thought that first entered my head last year - long story - and I've struggled to shake it ever since.

The truth is, the people I've been looking at started their journey 10, 15, even 20 years ago, and whilst yes, they progressed a lot quicker than I have, it was also a different world. I mean, really, the world is hardly recognisable as the world these people started their careers in.

At times like that, I have to tell myself what I tell the people around me when they start playing the comparison game: It helps nobody. It's not going to get me where I want to be any faster. It's not going to cause the path ahead to magically light up, complete with signs telling me which way I need to go. All it serves to do is make me feel inadequate, and I think I've probably spent long enough feeling that way.

So I'm gonna keep doing what I'm doing, I'm gonna keep making connections, and I'm gonna keep being blown away when I look back and see that I've actually come a helluva long way from where I started. Okay? You with me? Cool. Let's do this.