Ernest Hemmingway once said:


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man.


True nobility is being superior to your former self”.


One of the surest ways to unhappiness is to compare yourself too much to others.


Unless you are the best in the world at something, there’ll always be someone better than you.


And even for them there’s plenty of other areas that they won’t be so good at.


There’s better cooks than Usain Bolt.


Better scrabble players than Lionel Messi.


People with better abs than Adele.


And so on.


All we can do as people is work to improve ourselves.


If week-by-week, month-by-month, year-by-year we get a little bit better at the things that are important to us……


Then, over time, the magic will happen.


Progress is never a straight line, of course.


There’ll be good days and bad days.


But if the overall direction is forward, then you’re on to a winner.


So, you just need to decide what’s important to you.


It might be physique related.


It might be work related.


It might be relationship related.


There’s no right or wrong.


Decide what is important.


And what you need to do to gradually get better at it.


And do that as much as you can.


And as little as possible of the stuff that’ll take you in the opposite direction.





Much love,



Jon ‘Reckon I could out-cook Usain Bolt’ Hall and Matt ‘Would destroy Messi at Scrabbble’ Nicholson

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

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