Mind Your Own Business


We must ward off the tendency to compare ourselves with anyone else. We must resist the urge to compare where we are and what we are doing against the strides or failures of another. Comparison of self to others only feeds self-doubt. Self-doubt grows into self-defeat. I can’t begin to recall how many times growing up the elders would say to us children “Mind your own business!” What they were saying was much deeper than what I thought it did back then and I now understand what they meant in a whole different way.

What they meant was that your growth is your business; it has nothing to do with how anyone else is growing. When you do the best that you can, where you are, with what you have, it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. The time you spend watching and comparing yourself to others is time that could be spent in developing your skills, perfecting your craft, creating your vision for the future. What you are doing is your business. When you pay attention to it, it will eventually pay off for you- not the people you are watching.

You can and will grow at your own pace.

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