If you want to be a successful translator, you need to listen to this advice.
Because if you don’t you will never be in a position to progress.
And that advice is this.
Stop comparing yourself to other people, and especially other translators.
Growing up, I was always comparing myself to other people in everything I did.
I had brothers that were exceptional students and athletes.
I had friends that were confident around the ladies.
And I always compared myself to them.
But you know what happens when you compare yourself to someone else?
You always come out on the losing end.
When I compared myself to my braniac brother, I always came up short (even though he was two years older than me).
When I compared myself athletically to my brothers or my peers, guess what?
I always came up short.
This is what happens when you compare yourself to someone else.
And this act of self sabotage doesn’t limit itself to the teenage years.
Adults are constantly comparing themselves to one other.
And that goes for translators as well.
But if you want to become successful, you need to stop comparing yourself to others.
5 Reasons Why Comparing Yourself to Others Will Destroy You
1. The act of comparison never comes from a place of self betterment.
When you decide to compare yourself to someone else, you are automatically setting yourself up for disappointment.
That’s because when you compare yourself to others, you are already admitting that you don’t think you are as good as someone else.
You try and convince yourself that you are doing the comparison in order to improve yourself, but in reality you aren’t.
If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll see that you’re only setting yourself up for failure.
The only people that compare themselves with others are those with low self-esteem.
2. You’ll never learn to focus on yourself because you’ll always be focused on someone else.
How will you ever improve if you’re always focused on what some other guy is doing?
If you’re too focused on what another translator is doing, or the level of “success” another translator has reached, you’ll never have time to focus on improving yourself.
If you want to be a success, you can only compare yourself to yourself.
No other comparison matters.
There are too many variables and factors that you don’t know in regards to someone else’s success for you to make any definitive conclusions.
However,r you know yourself. You know what you’re capable of. And you know how you’re doing in relationship to what you should be doing.
If you’re honest with yourself, comparing yourself to yourself is the best way to be successful.
3. You’ll never enjoy your successes.
Success is not a single milestone that you reach.
No translator all of a sudden after one job said, “I’m successful now.”
Success is spread out over time and encompasses little wins that you make along the way.
The cumulation of those little wins over time is what turns someone into a success.
If you focus too much on comparing yourself to another translator, you’ll never spot those little wins.
And even if you do recognize them, you won’t value them for what they’re worth.
If you don’t value those little wins, then you’ll never recognize success when it gradually comes.
4. You’ll quit before you even have a chance to succeed.
Those little wins keep you motivated.
You get your first client. That’s a little win because you recognize that if you can get one client, you can get 10 clients.
Building your translator website is a little win.
If you recognize that you can build a successful website that will draw in clients, you will realize that you can take on other marketing tasks to find more clients.
Successfully negotiating a higher rate is a little win. You gain confidence in yourself and recognize that you are worth more and you aren’t afraid of advertising higher rates.
These little wins lead to success as a translator.
If you don’t recognize these little wins as confidence boosters that will help you through the tough times, then you’ll quit before you reach any level of success.
You’ll be so focused on reaching that idealized notion of success and when it doesn’t happen (because it doesn’t exist), you’ll become disillusioned and quit before you ever had a chance to succeed.
5. You’ll never be willing to give back.
Constantly comparing yourself to others will always leave you with a scarcity mindset.
You’ll think that there are secrets out there that people aren’t telling you. Secrets that will make you successful.
In turn, if you have any level of success, you’ll think that you found the secret and will be reluctant to share your experiences with others because you won’t want them taking away your success.
That’s not how success works.
First of all, there is only one secret to being successful.
And the only reason it’s a secret is because people know it but choose to ignore it.
Consistent focused effort.
That is what will give you small wins, which will turn into success.
Success as a person and success as a translator.
Second of all, there is no one path to success.
People are different.
Their circumstances are completely different.
You couldn’t replicate another person’s actions exactly even if you wanted to.
So stop trying.
Stop comparing yourself to other translators.
Instead, focus on improving yourself. When you do, realize that there is no secret formula and that success is not a finite commodity to be hoarded.
Rather, it’s an infinite resource that should be shared freely.
Until next time.