The Comparison Trap

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Unhappy? You may be comparing yourself to others

Theodore Roosevelt famously said that comparison is the thief of joy. Often our dissatisfaction and unhappiness are rooted in comparing ourselves to others. 


Mario Quintero June 7, 2019 at 5:18 am

Shannon very good recommendations on not to compare, you need to work your own game!!!!

Shannon Hicks June 7, 2019 at 8:03 am

“Work your own game”. Love it. Thanks Mario!

John A. Smaldone June 7, 2019 at 6:02 am


Well put, however, I have always felt competing is very good, but compete against yourself! Try and out do your self in every facet of your life and especially in your work as a sales representative!

Compete with yourself strive to do better this week than the last, make up a chart called, you! Put a week by week chart up and set sales goals for yourself, see if you can out do your self each week. If that does not motivate you, nothing will!

Thanks again Shannon,

John A. Smaldone

The_Cynic June 10, 2019 at 5:51 am

Rules are written to be broken.

Measuring one’s achievements to those of others sometimes is the only way to get the information needed to improve the things one does or does not do. For example, I remember back in 2008 when mailers and newspaper ads just were not pulling in sufficient closed loans to even pay for the costs of marketing. Rather than trying over and over with ever lower returns, I sought out how others were doing.

I quickly found out many peers were booking seminars through more creative use of mailers and newspaper ads. When that no longer worked I went back for more sage advice. Once again I modified my marketing based in part by what others were finding to be true.


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