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Learn To Compete Against Yourself

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I recently read this post over at Seth Godin’s blog and I liked its message so much I posted it below. I think years of schooling (almost two decades including college) train people to compete by continuously comparing and judging yourself against your classmates and peers. Even grading schemes are very often, if not always, graded on a curve. Teachers and professors set the goals (the curriculum, the assignments, the tests and exams) and you compete against your classmates to achieve the best results.

As a student you are given orders and are expected to meet them, there is little leeway in terms of setting your own measures of achievement.

In the workplace, and for the rest of life, this mindset doesn’t work. It’s up to you to create your own goals and drive yourself towards these goals. It’s what you do and what you work towards when no one else is watching, and when no one else is expecting anything, that will matter.


Written by Girish Rao

October 25, 2011 at 21:39

Posted in Uncategorized

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