Hi, I’m Alex. I’m a recovering Workaholic, Comparison Junkie.
And I’m not even exaggerating. By nature, I’m a very analytical person. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, in fact I think it’s what gives me an edge. But it wasn’t always that way. When first getting started I would spend hours upon hours upon days, even, immersing myself in the work of other bloggers + designers + entrepreneurs that I admired. After each time I read their entire blog or learned their designs inside and out or studied their business philosophy I came back to my own blog + designs + philosophy and froze.
How was I ever going to live up to the standard they’ve set? How was I ever going gain the readership + the awards + the business success they had? Why even bother?
And then it clicked. Those people I admired got to where they were not by fretting over the work of others. They got there by trusting themselves and their process enough to let it flow. They trusted themselves and their process enough to through it out into the world and not force it to be what it’s not.
It’s human nature to want to see how you stack up against your peers. And for sure, great things can come from comparing your work against those you admire. But if there is one thing I want you to get out of this post, it’s this: give yourself a break.
To be clear, I’m not saying to settle for your own mediocrity. Push yourself to your furthest limits! Reach for the stars, yadda yadda. What I mean by give yourself a break is we, especially creatives and entrepreneurs, etc for whatever reason tend to put the work we admire up on the highest pedestal we can imagine. And while putting the work on the pedestal will give you something to push yourself toward, you can’t beat yourself up the whole way there.