Are we truly better than everyone else?

Oct 18, 2009 4:49:00 PM / by Vu Long Tran

An old boss of mine once told me, “we're better than everyone else...that's why we're here today". He made this comment just as we were enjoying a team lunch sponsored by our firm, and then went on about why he thought that – mainly as he believed himself (and us) to be more superior then others... I was speechless after hearing that as I was surprised that someone, particularly someone could make a statement like that...

It’s something that has been on my mind for a while, as how can that truly be? What makes us so special? Sure I can see that we might be more privileged, fortunate and well off at least in society’s terms but are we truly better?

I believe that no one is truly better than everyone else, it’s more that some are luckier or more fortunate than another, and that one is only better than oneself, not better than anybody else. In that, the only person that you need to look at being better is yourself, your ‘inner self’, e.g. rather than being that lazy individual, you become that hardworking individual that you can truly be.

Sure, you may compare yourself to others at times, as that is human nature and only natural, however, you should only do so to allow you to see where humans are capable of pushing themselves. Should you see or believe that those skills, capabilities and/or achievements as something you believe your ‘inner self’ should strive towards then you should work towards bettering yourself to achieve that goal.

This is just in the same way one should look at success, in being able to define success in your own terms, and not in the terms that others within society try define on you. True success lies from within and it is up to you to define that on your own.

Vu Long Tran

Written by Vu Long Tran

Solutions Engineer APAC. ex-@Forrester consultant. Writing on #cloud #howto guides and #tech tinkering!