Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
Your competition isn’t other people. Your competition is your procrastination. Your ego. The unhealthy food you’re consuming, the knowledge you neglect. The negative behaviour you’re nurturing and your lack of creativity. Compete against that.
It’s too big a world to be in competition with everybody else, the only guy I have to get better than is who I am right now.
99% of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieveing great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The competition is thus fiercest for “realistic” goals.
Your toughness is made up of equal parts
persistence and experience. You don’t so much outrun your
opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest
opponent of all is the one inside your head.
You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.
Life is not always a race against other people. What should matter to you is self-improvement. Ask yourself every day: Am I a better man than I was yesterday? If you can answer with yes, you are doing all right, no matter how slow the speed or how gloriously awesome other people may be. If the answer is no on the other hand you should try to improve, take your eyes of the others and just focus on your tasks at hand.
You would be suprised how far it gets you to just stop comparing yourself to others but just trying to get gradually better at what you love.