A Nation of Begrudgers?


Are we all just a bunch of begrudgers? It seems like comparing ourselves to others is as Irish as a pint of Guinness. But let’s face it, this habit doesn’t just mess with our heads, it holds us back big time and it can have a big impact on others. How do we shake off this comparison bug, especially in the world of business?

Thinking about this topic I am suggesting just a few tips about how to keep your sanity and success intact!!

Comparison is The Thief of Joy

Do not fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others, someone will always be nicer, more confident and successful than you in your mind.

We limit our own success by the narrative in our heads. Instead of comparing yourself to others, redirect that thought into self motivation. Don’t let yourself get caught up in that toxic game, use that energy to fuel your own fire. Get a good planner, ( I highly recommend Life Flow Planner) and map out your own goals by month, week and day.

Break the Cycle with Gratitude

Work on cultivating gratitude. Rather than dwelling on what you lack compared to others, appreciate what you have. Gratitude shifts your perspective from scarcity to abundance. Take time each day to reflect on the things you’re thankful for, whether it’s rocking a presentation, coming up with a unique idea or supporting your colleagues, practising gratitude can help you find contentment and fulfilment in the present moment.

I guarantee that with that frame of mind each day you will head home satisfied and in better form.

Surround Yourself with The Right People

Curate your social circle in work, to include individuals who value your growth and well-being and do the same in return. Choose to associate with people who celebrate your successes and encourage your growth. Limit your exposure to negative influences, whether it’s social media accounts, business platforms that trigger comparison or individuals who constantly undermine your confidence, take credit for your ideas or try to put you down as you succeed in achieving your goals.

Remember, breaking free from the comparison trap is a journey, not a destination. Be patient and compassionate with yourself as you navigate this process. With persistence and determination, you can cultivate a mindset of self-acceptance and genuine happiness for yourself and others in your day to day working life.



Stephanie Stafford is Head of Communications with Fuzion, a Brand Communications agency operating from offices in Dublin and Cork

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