Maybe the secret lies somewhere between The Unabomber and Kim Kardashian?
I once read something along the lines of, "Don't compare yourself to others because it's like comparing their final cut to your behind the scenes footage."
Not sure who said it, but I believe it to be true.
However it is much easier said than done. It's ingrained in our society...we compare, we trade, and we trend. Magazines, advertisements all tell us to look at others, buy what others are wearing or spraying on themselves.
There's not a whole lot in this world that says, "What are you, average person on the street, doing?" And yet, it's individuals that set the trends or come up with some of the most brilliant ideas we decide we need for ourselves. It makes no sense.
It is not good to compare yourself to others, but if we don't how do we know how we're doing?
There are people that will say not to worry about others, your own individual truth is what's most important. I believe this. Self appreciation is key, but people have to make a living, appeal to others, and create...value. That concept requires comparison and looking around at what's working for other people. But , if we compare too much we become lemmings and no new fresh ideas come out of that, it's stifling. A vicious cycle.
The Unabomber had a manifesto, but he sent bombs to people...not nice. He obviously didn't care what people thought of him or his writings. He was marching to his own drummer. Other than someone buying his little shack for buckets of money, which is bizarre, I'm not sure he appealed to many. I get that he's an extreme example.
Kim Kardashian is all over the place. I don't think she has a manifesto. In fact, I'm not sure what she even does, but I'm pretty sure if she started wearing overalls everywhere suddenly Dickies would be booming. She's the epitome of trend and going with what makes money without much regard for substance.
Wow. This post has gone a little crazy, but I like it so I'm keeping it.