One of my mantras is Don't compare yourself to other people! It's a lesson we've tried to teach our kids ever since they were wee tykes. Admittedly, in real life it's an impossible goal. And sometimes it's unnecessary; gauging oneself against others can on occasion be useful, as a psychological incentive to do better.
But more often than not, cross-comparison gives a bad result. Either
and therefore I don't have to work harder; or
and therefore I may as well stop trying.
A better approach: measure oneself against one's own past achievements, and work toward setting new "personal records".
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