One of my favorite authors, Jon Acuff, made a very good point in his book START. He said, “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” I absolutely love this quote and agree wholeheartedly with it.
Don’t Compare Your Beginning To Someone Else’s Middle.
On any journey, it is easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to other people. Whether it’s your first job, starting your own business, writing your first book, or going to work for a really big company, it is easy to feel insignificant to others further along the journey than you. You may feel like you’re not good enough because you work in a lower paying job. You may feel like just because your friend got their business up and running full speed ahead in a year, you’re a failure because you are still struggling at six months. You may feel like you will never learn all the things that go along with writing, publishing, and marketing your first book. You may feel like a peon at the big company you just started with because everyone else is further along than you. Don’t do this. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s’ middle. Why?
They have had much more time to learn and grow and work the kinks out. Your beginning is exactly where you are supposed to be. Take pride in your lower paying job, people need your service. Hold your head up and enjoy the journey of building your business. Enjoy the process of writing, publishing, and marketing your book-step by step. There is a lot to learn, but you’ve got this. Think of your entry level position at this big company as a platform for you to grow, not that you are everyone else’s peon. Embrace the journey and the road ahead, for you are exactly where you need to be and on the way to your best life.