Don’t do things simply because others are doing them. Build systems and processes that work for you based on your individual skills, needs, and goals. Set your own terms. Your success should only be judged by the point at which you started. It’s easy to give into contrast bias and either become overconfident or lose hope completely, by relying on external barometers of success.

It’s often said that the biggest mistake you can make in running is to look to the right or the left. You’re expending unnecessary energy, and the simple act of observing others can have unintended effects on your own performance.

Your unique blend of skills will set you apart. Lean into what comes naturally to you.

Dig Deeper

Do more than the bare minimum - the more you prepare in advance, the less likely you are to be surprised by changes in circumstance or lack of creative headroom.

Don’t assume that the little you’ve done will perpetually be enough. Consistency is key. The best time to quit was at the beginning. From then on you’re building up a reserve of compounding returns from each further iteration. You won’t see an immediate reward from each further iteration, but with momentum comes velocity and eventually, returns come in a hurry.

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