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  • Writer's pictureGirish Karnad

A Compelling Case Against Comparisons

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

An article headline in the online Inc. magazine is catching eyeballs:

"A Massive New Study Says 87 Percent Millionaires Have 1 Stunning Thing In Common".

It goes on to talk about a new study that has revealed a truly surprising thing an overwhelming number of millionaires have in common. That only 13 percent of people with investable assets over $1 million considered themselves 'wealthy'. "It's never enough". When asked "how wealthy are you?", most millionaires replied: "Compared to what?"

In life we tend to always make comparisons. I remember my grandmother comparing me with my other cousins right from our childhood days - starting with our education, followed by our jobs, our successes, our failures. My cousins and other family members have carried forward the comparison mania to our children. Even at work, we tend to compare employees, rather than make an objective assessment of their achievements.

Comparison tends to create differences, jealousy, heartburn and remains the root cause of conflicts in life and work. In the Mahabharata, the vile uncle Shakuni used this strategy very effectively to instigate the Kauravas against their cousins, the Pandavas. The animosity which developed between the cousins, finally culminated in the all destructive war at Kurukshetra. That is why most of the leadership gurus and life solution coaches advice that we should never compare ourselves with others. If you want to compare, then compare with yourself.

If you can improve by even one percent every day, you will end up making substantial improvements by the end of the year. Are you a better and more successful person today than you were yesterday?

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