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Authors: Thomas J DeLong
Chapter from: "Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success"
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2011

Abstract

Competition can lead to great results. But constantly comparing yourself to others becomes a trap if you are a high-need-for-achievement professional. Instead of inspiring you, comparing can be a source of anxiety that keeps you focused on just about any variable in someone else's life - their salary, their bonuses, the size of their house, car, or boat, or the public recognition they've achieved - instead of on who you are and where you want to be in your own life and career. In this chapter, organizational behavior expert Thomas DeLong shows you how to recognize the symptoms of nonproductive, growth-inhibiting comparison and substitute real benchmarks for false measures. Using vivid stories from his own experience and that of his clients, his colleagues, and history itself, DeLong demonstrates how opening yourself up to new experiences can give you the perspective to break away from this restrictive thinking so that you can realize your own dreams and achieve your own goals. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 7 of ‘Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success.’ This chapter is excerpted from ‘Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success'.

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Abstract

Competition can lead to great results. But constantly comparing yourself to others becomes a trap if you are a high-need-for-achievement professional. Instead of inspiring you, comparing can be a source of anxiety that keeps you focused on just about any variable in someone else's life - their salary, their bonuses, the size of their house, car, or boat, or the public recognition they've achieved - instead of on who you are and where you want to be in your own life and career. In this chapter, organizational behavior expert Thomas DeLong shows you how to recognize the symptoms of nonproductive, growth-inhibiting comparison and substitute real benchmarks for false measures. Using vivid stories from his own experience and that of his clients, his colleagues, and history itself, DeLong demonstrates how opening yourself up to new experiences can give you the perspective to break away from this restrictive thinking so that you can realize your own dreams and achieve your own goals. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 7 of ‘Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success.’ This chapter is excerpted from ‘Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success'.

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