Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. ― William Faulkner
I heard Oprah Winfrey say in one of her master classes that at some point in the middle of her career, all she and her team worried about was when and how to get the highest ratings for her talk show, in other words, it was about the competition.
No longer able to do that, or more like no longer able to accept it on herself, she decided to focus on her own show instead and not the competition, and we all know what happened after that …
by the time the show’s 25-year finale came up in 2011, she was one of the most influential personalities, on and off TV.
As Oprah Winfrey said in her interview, it is harder to look back at the competition than to look up and improve yourself.
When I reflect on my and other people’s careers, I realize that as soon as one looks at those around them, they immediately either lose their ground and focus or at best, be like everyone else.
There is nothing wrong with being like everyone else, but we were created to each be unique and excellent in something, so we are going against our nature to excel and be of excellence.
So, wherever you may be in your career … at home, at work, in business, in life,
… don’t compare yourself to others, learn from others;
… don’t try to be like others, think about what you want to be;
… set the bar high, then try to go higher;
… be excellent;
… be of service to others.
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