Life isn’t a Competition

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Some years ago when I just left the University and was still job hunting, I used to feel very frustrated and sad about the slow pace of my life; I didn’t have a job yet, I was still living with my parents and I was far away from most of my goals. This feeling always becomes worse when I meet an old school mate or someone I knew back then who is doing better than me.

As I grew closer to God and devoted my life to reading more, I realized that there isn’t any need to compare my lie with others, as most times it leads to anger, envy or depression which will inhibit our own growth. I also discover that in life we must not all begin our journey at the same time and it is irrelevant if others have left you behind as long as you are focused on where you are going.

Are you going through this phase in your life? Are you constantly measuring your success with that of others? Or is someone close to you always comparing you with other people and making you feel like you are not doing much in your life. My friend if that is the case with you, I want you to remember these words from the scripture spoken by the wisest man that ever lived; “I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skilful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. But time and chance happened to them all.”

Your time is going to come. You may be slow today but if you persist and never stop, if you keep putting in the efforts into what you are doing soon, the results will begin to manifest. One thing you need to concern yourself with on your journey towards success is persistence.

Life isn’t about speed as someone once told me, “it doesn’t matter whether you become successful today, or tomorrow or next year. It doesn’t matter who arrives before you because when you get to the top you will discover that the view from the top is always the same…it never changes and it won’t change because you arrived late.”

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