Playing a game of comparison can easily send you down a path of insecurity, doubt, and self-loathing. 

Your goal isn’t to “be better than” Brian because he isn’t good at managing his own projects and being on time. 

Your goal is to be the best product manager you can be given your circumstances, and then help those around you who need it. 

You’re either focusing on yourself, or you’re comparing yourself to others.

You vs. Your Work

Two completely separate entities. When people critique your work, they’re critiquing your work (not you, don’t worry!). 

Some of us raise our guards and get defensive when our work is given an opinion that differs from our own, only this shows insecurity in ourselves. 

Critiquer: Hey Sharon, great work. Love everything about the logo, except could you change this into a different shade of blue? This one’s not doing it for me. 

Sharon: Well just to clarify, I chose those blue because I believe it best represents what we’re trying to achieve with the brief proposal. It was inspired by the Hudson Beach waves during its peak season—

To everybody else in the room, it doesn’t sound like constructive conversation if the designer refuses to accept any other points of view. 

You’re not your work. Don’t mix it up!

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