Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves - to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.
- Stewart B. Johnson on Success
I think this quote frames beautifully a powerful lesson I've learned over many years in the corporate world. So many people are out to be better than the other guy and as a result they go round treading all over the people around them. While this may have short term gains, it is shallow and it will forever mark you. Instead of trying to measure yourself against the other guy, measure yourself against who you were yesterday. ask yourself every morning:
What did I learn yesterday?
How will I be better today?