Almost nothing in our daily lives is actually a “winner-take-all competition.”
Somewhere, there’s someone fitter, faster, thinner, quicker, smarter, more popular or richer than you. And there’s someone else fitter, faster, thinner, quicker, smarter, more popular or richer than they are. And you’re (far) ahead of someone else who is busy looking at you from behind.
And yet we see people angry because someone’s passing their car, or gaining more followers online. They mistakenly believe it’s a race. It rarely is.
If you can use your situation as fuel, fuel to dig in and care more and do better, by all means do so.
But if not, ignore it. Do your work, not theirs.
Dan Gable, one of the greatest American wrestlers of all time made the statement “Losers focus on Winners in front of them and what they are doing; but Winners just spend their time focusing on themselves.”
Go focus on yourself!