When you're jumping into a new project or endeavour, it's natural to look to those who know what they're doing in order to learn from them. That's great, but as Matt Cheuvront points out on his blog Life Without Pants, it's important to remember not to directly compare yourself to people who have been doing something for longer than you.
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When you're learning a new skill, you want to get good at it as quickly as possible. While you're beginning, you're comparing yourself to people who've been at it for a lot longer. That can kill your motivation. Cheuvront lays it out pretty clearly:
Wherever you are in life with whatever you're doing — you're going to be ahead of some and behind others. That's OK. Own where you are. Take time to embrace and celebrate that. Continue moving forward.
And never compare your beginning to someone else's middle.
It's a good reminder to set realistic goals when you're taking on a new challenge.
Never Compare Your Beginning to Someone Else's Middle [Life Without Pants]