We are very good at comparing ourselves to other people and where they are in terms of achievements. In my teens, I was very aware that Nas released his critically acclaimed¬†Illmatic at the age of 20 and Kobe Bryant had won an NBA title at 21. Silicon Valley was creating millionaires and billionaires in their early 20s while I was still in school. It’s easy to get lost comparing yourself to others. It’s also incredibly easy to disregard every other factor and focus solely on a person’s age and one achievement.

Jay-Z was 27 when his debut ‘Reasonable Doubt’ was released, an incredible album but by no means his most successful. He was 32 by the time ‘The Blueprint’ came out and about to turn 40 by the time he had a single reach number 1 on the billboard charts. If you compared him to any number of artists based on the last stat would you consider him less successful?

The reason I wrote this was because I believe I have always struggled with putting the achievements of others in perspective. I thought by this point in life I would have achieved more. More success.

Now, of course, my outlook is shifting. I still admire¬†a great number of people and respect them for their achievements but I am no longer trying to follow their timeline. All of my biggest influences are 35+ and I mention them frequently when I write. I learn what I can from them but don’t attempt to emulate their success. I am now more focussed on what I am doing and picking up what I can along the way. It is something I wish I had learned a long time ago.