MANAGEMENT is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; LEADERSHIP determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall - Stephen Covey

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Don't Compare!

Well, jus wanted to post something 'one-off' (not the usual management stuff!) and therefore here goes one of my favorite topics (well, I guess the concept discussed here is VERY MUCH applicable to the corporate world?).
We live in a pathologically dissatisfied world. Because we love to compare....

Go around the world and discover that people aren't happy with their bodies. Filipinos want to be fair-complexioned like Westerners and so buy bleaching stuff. Westerners want to own bronzed bodies like ours and so purchase tanning lotions. Those with moles have them removed, while those who don't strategically implant beauty spots. Some people want to shed a few pounds to look like Ally McBeal, while others want to gain some baby fat to look like Drew Barrymore!

When are we ever going to stop and simply be happy with how we look? We live in a sick world and that sickness is comparison it is. Take a look at wealth, for example when we drive our old Honda, it really suits us fine. We feel blessed infact when the rain pours outside and we feel snug and cozy on its faded upholstered seats. But the moment we see our own office mate (or neighbor,or buddy, or cousin, or brother) drive his sleek sky-blue, four-door,four-wheel-drive Mercedes, we automatically feel beaten below the belt!. Next time we drive our bumpy, noisy, rusted, dilapidated Honda, (notice how all the defects come out all of a sudden?), we feel deprived,dispossessed, pariah, debased and only a little higher than the insects of the earth.

Bill Gates (the world's richest man) total assets are worth more than $60 billion. That's more than the GNP ofsome small countries. Tiger Woods earns $80 million simply by smiling on TV in a Nike shirt and the stars of the sitcom Friends are paid $750,000 per episode! No matter how hard you work, there'll still be some people who will be richer than you are. And there'll be some people who will be more beautiful, have more appeal and have more problems. Try it for once. Stop looking around. Don't compare!

This is crucial:
The most difficult thing in the world is to be who you are not. Pretending and trying to be someone else is the official pastime of the human race. (I don't think dogs and cats and cows and horses have this problem!) and the easiest thing in the world is to be yourself. Be happy. Live!There must be a reason why God made you tall or short or fat or thin or bumpy all over. Love who you are! Be happy, it's not that difficult!


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