Just as water can extinguish a fire, comparing ourselves to others can dampen our desires.
I think we can run into problems when we compare ourselves to other bloggers. We might start to think they write better than us or have a better theme than us. We may also see they have more subscribers, commenters, friends, followers, Facebook likes, retweets and/or Google +1’s.
Although we’re aware each blogger starts at the same place; with one blog post, one comment, one subscriber, etc., it’s easy to forget these facts when we’re struggling with slow blog growth.
I like quotes. In just a few words, volumes are spoken.
The quotes I’m sharing today are ones I think can not only help us in life, but can also help us on our blogging journey.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
~ Bertrand Russell
When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
~ Pablo Picasso
No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
~ Ansel Adams
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Why should we worry about what others think of us? Do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?
~ Brigham Young
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
~ John F. Kennedy
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
~ Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005
To thine own self be true.
~ William Shakespeare
How do you stay true to yourself when blogging?
Do you have a favorite quote which keeps you on track?
Care to share?