Came across this post on Design Sponge and had to share!

HOW TO ESCAPE THE COMPARISON TRAP

Read it, read the entire thing. Even if you don’t own a small business but are someone who pursues a creative passion, talent, aspires to be paid for the work that most important to your soul, this will likely resonate with you.

I can tell you, in my own experience, one of the very best things I’ve done to prevent this from happening is to block any access you have from seeking out, or even accidentally finding out, about the people who’s successes can upset you when they cause you to reflect on yourself. We are responsible for how we filter content and how we react, but if you can’t help but reacting with upset feelings or insecurities, get that trigger out of your life.

(*All that, after just making a post about how everyone deserves to be happy. But that includes YOU and getting rid of the stuff that prevents it isn’t a bad thing, and doesn’t mean you don’t wish happiness for others.)

If you have the time, I encourage you to read the comments as well. Usually comment sections are full of vitriol and horror, but the comments for this post feel like everyone is taking a collective deep breath after realizing they weren’t the only ones in their skewed thinking.

I particularly like this comment:

There’s a saying I try (trying really hard!) to remember when I look at blogs/tweets: don’t compare your behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. 

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