Years and years ago I heard an analogy that explained the reason to be cautious about comparing yourself to others.
The analogy looked at positions in the National Football League. In the NFL, there is a position known as the kicker and there is also a position known as the center. The center typically is a huge guy, very round, very big and his whole job is to stop the other team from coming through. He’s a massive man.
On the other hand, the kicker is very lean and thin and his job is to kick the ball through the uprights. Remember, we’re looking at comparisons.
So, imagine you are the center and your role is to be big and to stop that line from coming through. But you turn and look at the kicker and start saying to yourself, “wow, look how small he is and look how skinny he is and how fast he is. Look how big I am.” You start feeling bad about yourself because he’s so much smaller than you are. In a nutshell, you are comparing.