A few years back, I would often use references from a book, Good to Great, in my
speeches and trainings. While the examples cited mostly corporate lessons, I believed it was equally relevant to life.
Lesson #1: Good is the enemy of great.
Oftentimes when we think we're good--it invites complacency. Good so often becomes 'good enough" and our striving to improve dissolves.
We started ChattyCupcakes determined to always strive to better our best--"good" is never good enough. Our conversations are continually discussing ways to improve--better ingredients, better recipes, and better processes. There is always room for improvement.
Be careful who/what you compare yourself to--your perspective may misrepresent reality.
After their retirement, my parents would vacation in Florida. I would often visit them in their senior community and would frequent the community pool where most folks swimming were 70 years of age, plus. I remember thinking to myself, "Hey, I look pretty good in a bathing suit!" lol! Be careful who/what you compare yourself to.. (update: Age creeps up on all of us and gravity has invited itself in).
Lesson #2: Compare yourself to the best.
And "the best" isn't typically in your back yard. They are 'out there' waiting to amaze you!
In our spare time, Ella and I scour resources to find the very best cake bakers and creative artists--and believe me, there are many! They come from all corners of the world -- Australia, United Kingdom, Lebanon, France, etc... There are times we study cakes with jaws dropped, wondering how on earth they accomplished such a masterpiece. Then we begin to dissect the process and learn what we can to incorporate into our baking and designs.
Note to me: Always strive for greatness and compare yourself to the best!