SURE, I HAVE ADVICE FOR PEOPLE
STARTING TO WRITE.
I DON'T NEED THE COMPETITION.
(Robert B. Parker)
This quote made me laugh out loud. Don't get me wrong - I totally appreciate true, constructive advice from successful people. But sometimes it's just nice - and a relief! - to hear out loud what a lot of people maybe/sorta/kinda think every once in awhile.
These words are also a great reminder that our stiffest - and best - competition is really with ourselves. Sure, on some level we're competing against other people - for promotions, for money, for awards, for recognition, etc. But we can't control a lot of that. We can't control what the guy in the next cubicle does or doesn't do, or what the woman in our writing group achieves or doesn't achieve.
But I know that if I continue to work on my craft, to watch what I eat, to exercise, to read and learn and grow, that in six months I will be "ahead" of where I am right now. It doesn't matter if someone else is way ahead of me or if someone is right behind me. If I am better - somehow, in some way - than I was two months ago, two weeks ago, yesterday, then I have already "won." I am already a success.
The same goes for each and every one of you.