I often read the work and thoughts of Jeff Goins, who writes from somewhere in Nashville. While his words are motivating, he cannot make me write. His seeming success in the blog world is inspiring, and I feel inferior. His work is encouraging, and he always seems to believe that I (and you) can engage the reader better, and to use more words that are more effective. I am thankful for Jeff's writing.
I have to fight inferiority when I compare my work to Jeff's. He has more experience, more knowledge, and a passion for writing. He has a reach in cyberspace that many writers dream of. This does not make me inferior to Jeff, or other writers, more than it makes Jeff superior to me. We both have a purpose and place in helping others.
As a therapist, I help people fight feeling inferior by reminding them that talents are not what make us better than others. We are much more than what we can do. Who we are and how we use ourselves to affect others is more important.
Here's an example: An unemployed male fears reaching out to a good friend for help improving his resume. The man believes his friend will look down on him for not having a job. He looks at his friend's success as an Executive Level manager and does not believe the friend will even make time for him.
When we feel inferior to others, we often neglect what is true about a situation. Notice that the unemployed man has a "good friend". He forgets that his friend cares about him regardless of his job situation and would be glad to help him improve his resume. If he asks.
Do you ever feel inferior while looking at another's talent or seeming success? What are some tips or techniques you use to overcome feeling inferior to others?