I started some new work recently on a website that I built 3 years ago. Looking at that 3-year old programming was like looking into a time capsule.
I remember at the time feeling like I was breaking new ground. Now, as I look back, I’m seeing a lot of things I’ve learned to do better. In another 3 years, I’ll probably be looking back again at things I’m doing now with the same feeling.
I tend to compare myself with other people. “Look at how much more they know!”
Moments of looking back give me the opportunity to change that thinking to: “Look how much more I know than I did before. And imagine how much more I will know someday.”
The most important comparison is not where you stand compared to others. Someone will always know more than you do now. Rather, the most important comparison is the one you make against yourself over time.