Raise your hand if you've ever compared yourself to that girl with the perfect nose or that other guy who started his own business and is now making millions...
It's really easy to compare yourself to other people who have it all figured out. They've got your dream job, dream life, and pretty much everything else. On one hand, it's amazing having people to look up to and resonate with, who inspire and motivate you to kick ass. But on the other hand, comparing their success to your own can do some serious damage.
I, for one, am super guilty of doing just that.
I've been really lucky to meet and connect with so many talented and successful entrepreneurs, bloggers and artists over the last couple of years. Getting to hear about how they got started and being able to, quite literally, follow their journey has been really inspiring, especially because I identify with them so much. The thing is, you really can't help but compare your story to the one they're already pulling off. What's the point of even doing what you're doing when there's already so many other, more successful people already doing just that... What even makes you different or sets you apart, what's the effing point anyway.
That, is called B.S.
It's so easy to get caught up in comparisons - from your body, to your hair, to your dream job. What's hard, is remembering that while someone else might already be kicking ass, you're only getting started. Everyone has their own journey, their own goals, their own starting point and finish line. Everyone is unique in their own talents and personality, with different strengths and weaknesses that make us so interesting as human beings. There will always be someone who is smarter, funnier, or more successful than you are. But at the end of the day, who gives a crap.
The only person you should ever really compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday. As long as you're moving forward or busting ass working at your goals, it really shouldn't matter where other people are or what they're up to. You will never be the next Scooter Braun or Cindy Crawford because ultimately, you're no one but yourself. Work with what you've got, your body, and your mind to write your own story in your own way and at your own pace. We've already heard their story, no point rewriting it.
All that being said, it's also really easy to come up with excuses as to why your'e not ready or not good enough. But instead of waiting for someone else to believe in you or give you a shot, why not make your own.
"Just get the damn website up already or send out that mailer or make the sales calls or book the gig even though you're not totally ready yet. Nobody else cares or will probably even notice that everything isn't 100 percept perfect - and, quite honestly, nothing will ever be 100 percent perfect anyway so you might as well start now. There's no better way to get things done than to already be rolling along - momentum is a wonderful thing, not to mention highly underrated, so get off your ass and get started. NOW." -- Jen Sincero, "You Are A Badass; How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life" (pick up this book at Urban Outfitters for the best read ever, #yourewelcome).
So, as a quick little reminder to all you badasses out there ready to get things rolling and take over the world --
Just do it.
Nike said it, and I'll say it again. Whatever it is you're trying to build, nothing will ever get done if you don't make that first move. Procrastination is one of the most popular forms of self-sabotage because it's just so damn easy. Let's stop trying to be the next someone else but rather find the way to be true to ourselves.
I'm rooting for ya,
Photography: Mack Canelas