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Comparison in the Workplace

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~Teddy Roosevelt


Types of Comparisons in the Workplace:

  • Talent

o Don’t compare your talent to someone else’s. We all have unique gifts!

  • Timeline

o Everyone does their thing at a different pace.

  • Story

o Whatever your story is, it’s yours and it led to where you are today. Own it!


“When you compare yourself to others, you are comparing what makes you the same. The contrast is what everyone else is missing, and what makes you different.” ~Michelle Poler


If I Compare Myself to Other Leaders, I Can Find these Similarities:

  • We all lead

  • We all have our own set of responsibilities

  • We all have deadlines to meet

  • We all expect to make the company run more efficiently

There are a lot of ways to lead. Even in this building, we have different kinds of leadership styles.


When we start to analyze the differences, that’s when doubt sets in!


Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself in the Workplace:

  • Evaluate your performance

o “The only person you should compare yourself to is the you of yesterday.”

  • Remember your vision

o A clear vision of who and where you want to be motivates you to keep moving.

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