July 12, 2011
You probably never thought you would be reading about "Inferiority" here at Success Tips. But the fact is, we are ALL inferior -- to each other in some way! If we know and understand HOW we are inferior to others in our lives, it gives us the ultimate knowledge on how to succeed.
You have doubtless watched as people (or maybe yourself) have compared themselves to others ... ie: "I'm not as good as Joe at doing (insert thing here)," or "She is just better than me at (insert thing here)."
Every person is unique and different. Every person has that one excellent thing they do very, very well. No two people are alike. No matter who you run into, you will find that they are very special and have a genuine gift to offer for your career. Not only that, but chances are that gift has been given to them -- and it is a gift you can enjoy but never be able to top, because you have your own career gift to give. For that reason, every human being is inferior to every other human being, even if in a very small and specific way! But CHOOSING to be inferior to others is another matter entirely.
I have a friend who is always "up." He loves the positive energy and shines that light on everyone he meets, no matter what may be on his mind. By doing that, he spreads around the joy. It's amazing he's always "up!" The one thing that he is better at than anyone else I know is enthusiasm! We start out with plenty of it as kids, but as time goes on we tend to let things get to us, and drain us emotionally, making us less enthusiastic.
Somehow, he manages to withstand all of life's everyday issues, setbacks, and problems and do it while still showing ENTHUSIASM for every day he is alive!
When I question him about this (and I do question him all the time), he always says the same thing. He talks about how attitude is a CHOICE, so he simply CHOOSES to be enthusiastic. Sounds simple enough. Truth is ... it works. Your attitude toward anything is ultimately your choice. He just chooses enthusiasm. That is how he has managed to NOT allow age in years to take away his child-like enthusiasm.
He also is very clear that there are plenty of things for him to be "down" about, but none are as powerful as his response to being down -- the response of enthusiasm, which hits all his problems head-on, and square in the face. It knocks them down and his good attitude then takes over.
Just like enthusiasm, inferiority is a choice. Even though others may be BETTER at something than you are, it doesn't mean you should choose a posture of complete inferiority. Jump in, recognize that others have talent, try to learn from them, show your great enthusiasm, and come away a winner with everyone you meet. Each and every person has something to teach you. Take the lesson, and turn it into a STRENGTH for you!