We fail to do things because we pysch ourselves out by overestimating the competition.” ~Timothy Ferriss
I read that quote a number of years ago when I was reading the book (and it is a good book, by the way) called, “The 4-hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss.
Although the author was speaking about production, creating a sell-able product in the business world, the truth of that statement encompasses just about everything in life.
- Guy doesn’t ask out Girl because another Guy is around who he thinks has more to offer than him.
- Girl doesn’t apply for job because she thinks someone else will be more qualified
- Couple doesn’t put an offer in on the home because they think the competition will bring in a better offer, so why bother
I could go on and on, but I won’t. I will just throw this one down and move to the point: We fail to write that novel, share that poem, paint that canvas because we are afraid someone else will have done a better job than we have!
We give others far more credit than they deserve when in reality most people are just as insecure as you are.
The reality is nobody, and I mean NOBODY can do your “thing” like you do your “thing.” You are unique and your expression is unique. The way you tell the story or sing the song, or even roast that chicken is unique and special to you.
The only person in the race against you for the “gold” is you; the “triumphant you” versus the “discouraging you”. Which “you” are you going to let take home the prize?