Naval Ravikant once said that a sick person wants only one thing.
I'm sick. I want only one thing - to stop comparing myself to them. So I wrote this as a way to cure my ailment. If you're catching yourself comparing more than creating, I hope this helps.
I wish I could position myself as someone who doesn't struggle with this. I can't. I'm no guru. I often paralyze myself by looking at all the blogs with as many thousands of readers as revenue.
To see other people's successful projects is both inspiring and depressing. It's awesome to see people sticking it out on their own, making money while they sleep. But it's depressing when I perceive their success as evidence that I'll never do the same.
Too much comparison leads to a temptation to copy. Yes, I'll never do the same because if I were to do the same, then I'd be copying them. They're doing it that way. So, I must do it that way. Though I know nothing about SaaS marketing, I should start a SaaS marketing blog.
I cannot stop comparing myself to others until I remember that comparison doesn't move me. Comparison doesn't help me deliver what I promised to deliver. Comparison doesn't help me focus on the important work - the work of improving my craft.
Why do we compare ourselves to others? Because we like to do what's easy. Their success is only a click away. Look. See it? There it is. So shiny, so beautiful. Their blog is better than yours - better in the way that grass is "better" than water.
You and I want similar results. I don't want free time for the same reason that you want free time. But we both want more free time. We want to create things that earn us money while we sleep. We want to work on something today that we can't wait to work on tomorrow. The hardest part is understanding that to get what we want, our inputs cannot (and should not) be the same.
Everybody is stuck with the voice in their head. Those who move forward are those whose inner voice isn't berating them.
Everybody is mixing different elements together. Nobody else on the planet has the same mixture of thoughts, feelings, interests, hobbies, and skills that you have.
To compare yourself to them is to try to make purple by mixing green and yellow.