The next time you see a list of someone’s accomplishments, pause for a moment to think about the stories behind them.
While it’s better if you’re able to ask about the stories, it’s also okay if you have to imagine them, as this can develop the habit of realizing that accomplishments are more complex than they appear.
For many of us, our natural competitive and comparative minds tend to take a few different routes once we see the accomplishments of others:
1. We compare them to our lack of accomplishments
2. We’re inspired to pursue our own
3. We convince ourselves that they aren’t all that great
But accomplishments are like curtains; what’s behind them is far more interesting.
Develop the habit of peeking behind them and you’ll likely find yourself continuously inspired not by what was achieved but by how they grew from equal parts failure and resiliency.