Constructive vs Destructive Comparisons


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It is human nature, something hardwired into each one of us, to compare ourselves to those around us. Some good can come of it, especially when those within our social networks are of good character. In such cases, comparing yourself to others of high moral standing and who possess exceptional habits, is a good thing. It can lead to the development of good habits and morality. It can force you to grow in the right direction.

Where comparison goes wrong, however, is when it is tied to consumerism. When this hard-wired human tendency of comparing ourselves to others is applied to owning things, that is where the danger lies. Such comparisons lead to excess spending, debt and an unhappy life. In this instance, comparison becomes an unhealthy habit.

Seek constructive comparisons, such as good traits and habits you see in others. Avoid destructive comparisons, driven by consumerism, which motivates you to buy unnecessary things. Destructive comparisons are a slippery slope that will only lead to perpetual unhappiness and want.


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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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