You can't help but compare yourself sometimes
I had an epiphany when I woke up at 3:16 AM this morning. Although I am not one to compare myself to others, I don't think my human nature will allow me to not at least indulge in a bit of... shall we say... "How did they do that when I am struggling so much," self-pity kinda stuff. The reason, if I am brutally honest, is usually a simple one. They were just more committed and worked harder. I just can't get around that fact. If I try to get around it, I usually find myself floating down a long river in Africa.
I read many blogs in here, some for knowledge, some for tips and some for pure inspiration. If there is one thing I have learned it is that I can always recommit and although it sometimes becomes a broken record, it is much better than the "B" side of that 45, which is to quit.
Back to that river in Africa. As I float along its long luscious corridor and bask in its warm sun of victimization, I generally find myself saying such profound things as well they have more time, or they are young and full of ambition or they have someone they love to inspire them. If only I had or was those things.
What I decided to do
To make sure I parked my boat for good off the shores of that river, I decided to go back and read my most admired mentors here in WA from the start; their start. The beauty and genius of Kyle and Carson is first of all they started the blog system and second, they keep everyone's blog posts accessible from the start. So I went back and started reading the very first few blog posts from certain members.
What I found was exactly what I knew I would. They sounded exactly like I do now when they started. Even more profound was this didn't happen for them overnight... wow, what a concept haha. No, some success stories I have been following like first timers to Vegas this year started in 2015 and 2016. They sounded just like I do and they were simply full of idealism, inspiration and persistence. They too have stumbled, procrastinated, deviated, you name it but all of them simply picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and started again.
This has been a great exercise and has made it easier for me to just get to work, knowing it can be done because those who have done it started where I have and have simply worked harder and more consistently. So be happy and rejoice. You don't have to be a genius, your genius has to be in your effort.
Can you dig it?