Why Ego Metrics Are Killing You
How many times have you heard some hot shot investor talking about how they have 10 or 20 properties and thought…
How the hell did they do that!?
What haven’t I done that??
Maybe I can’t do that…
I should have done something differently...
I’ll probably never get there…
The net result is that hearing stories like that can both inspire you, and also crush you.
You see, paying attention to other people's ego metrics can be extremely damaging.
And this doesn’t just relate to buying property either.
Maybe you know someone who can run further than you, reads more books than you, or has a nicer car than you.
The comparison game is one of the hardest things to ignore, and can be the most damaging to our mindset.
With any of these ego metrics, you always look at the other person's results, and never the journey.
For example, if someone has a huge portfolio, we always look at the number of properties and never ask…
Are the properties any good?
What are the debt levels?
Do they provide the person with fulfillment or anxiety?
Could they have done things differently?
Is it made up of 20 apartments in country towns, or 20 houses in capital cities?
Does it matter?
The same thing goes with someone who might be making more money that you…
How hard do they work?
Do they have a good balance in their life?
Are they healthy?
Has the pathway to get to there been paved with joy or distress?
If you knew what they had to do to get there, would you even want that life?
Now, don’t get me wrong.
I am all about setting big goals, having powerful aspirations, creating vision boards, and pushing yourself to do more, achieve more, and be more…
But at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is what is right for YOU.
You are running your own race, and you are only ever competing with yourself.
You set the rules.
You keep the score.
You know when you have won.
And so, if seeing what other people have done inspires you to action, great.
But, stand guard at the door of your mind, and don’t let the comparison game eat at you.
Focussing on someone else's Chapter 12, when you’re at Chapter 1 can crush your motivation, and ultimately destroy your ability to reach your highest potential.
Never lose sight of the real goal - to live a fulfilled, purposeful, and impactful life.
What that means to you, will be different to what that means to me.
So, run your own race.
Keep your own score.
Be your own champion.
I’ll be over here cheering you on.