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Why Do We Compare?

If you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid – Albert Einstein

In today’s day and age it is so easy to compare ourselves to others.

We scroll through any number of the dopamine inducing social media sites and realize our inadequacies.

However, what we often don’t see is the struggle. The struggle that everybody inevitably faces, but nobody wants to talk about. Why would somebody want people to know they’re going through a tough time when they can simply post all of the good things for everyone to see and comment on?

Life is not all sunshine and rainbows forever. It’s not like that for anyone, no matter how hard they try to make it look like it is.

Another thing we must realize is our individuality.

I am not made to follow the plan you are, and the same goes the other way. I am my own person, somebody who has his own goals, dreams, and struggles. They are different than anybody else’s.

So, if we all struggle.

And, we all are individuals.

Then my question is…

Why do we compare?

– Cooper Mitchell

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Key Ideas from The Richest Man in Babylon

I finished reading the book “The Richest Man in Babylon” yesterday and came away with a few key ideas that I believe we can all apply to the use, and gathering of assets.

1. “Increase thy ability to earn”

In my opinion this is of utmost importance. The more opportunities you have to earn, the more you surely will earn.

2. “Make thy gold multiply”

Quoting arguably one of the greatest minds of all time in Albert Einstein, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” Making your money work for you is a lesson of the wealthy. The fool works for money, the intelligent have their money work for them.

3.”Start thy purse to fattening”

Often times when money is earned, the first person to be paid are others. You pay your bills, you pay the merchant for new shoes, or the owner of a restaurant for food. Paying yourself first and allowing your wealth to accumulate is the fastest way to leave behind the worries of money.

There were many more lessons learned and to be learned by you in “The Richest Man in Babylon.” I highly suggest you invest in yourself by picking up a copy.

Cooper Mitchell