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Episode 102: Overwhelmed by Comparison


The conversation explores the challenges of finding clarity and making decisions about the future. It delves into the power of comparison and how it can both help and hinder personal growth. The comparison trap is discussed, highlighting the adverse effects of comparing oneself to others. The influence of peers and the pressure to present an idealized version of oneself in the college admissions process is examined. The conversation also touches on the impact of comparison in professional life and the importance of intentional reflection.


  • Finding clarity can be challenging, but it is essential for making informed decisions about the future.
  • Comparison can be a powerful tool for learning and growth, but it can also lead to feelings of overwhelm and confusion.
  • The comparison trap can distract and discourage individuals, preventing them from staying true to themselves.
  • Authenticity is crucial in the college admissions process, and presenting a genuine self is more important than trying to impress others.
  • Comparison in professional life can lead to feelings of inadequacy and hinder personal growth.
  • Reflecting on comparison and being intentional about the models of life one chooses to emulate is important for personal development.
  • There is a fine line between healthy comparison that inspires and unhealthy comparison that discourages.

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