“Stop comparing yourself to others.” It’s easier said than done, right? I know I am guilty of this quality but as Franklin Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy” and comparing your own talents to someone else’s will ultimately self-sabotage your own. When you begin to compete with yourself you essentially begin to drown out the success of others. Instead of focusing on what age so and so published their first novel, you shift the focus to, if I focus on this manuscript and set myself a deadline, I could look at publishing this soon. By doing this you ultimately develop an action plan to mapping out your success.
My Gap Year after leaving High School wasn’t an exciting travel filled year that is often sold to us. It was a year of hard work, soul searching, self discovery and resilience. I was explicitly advised not to study a Bachelor of Arts – that a Bachelor of Arts was too vague and instead of wasting my time in an airy fairy Arts Course, I would be better off focusing on one field instead of multiple.