My eyes crack open.
Check Product Hunt. Ahh, shit. Someone just launched an app similar to my product (and we’re still in beta).
Scroll through Twitter. Shit! This person I’m jealous of just announced
Read Medium. Fuck. Someone wrote a post almost identical to what I wrote months ago and they’re getting more traction.
My envy grows large, my blood pressure goes up. I feel like I’m waking up in a heavy cloud; an agitated haze. Already on edge, and I haven’t even made toast yet.
Stress is our body’s
The problem is that the worry itself can harm you as much as the outcome you’re worried about. While you’re stressing over what might happen, your body is releasing adrenaline and cortisol as if you were actually in danger.
These hormones are what cause intense feelings: jealousy, anger, sadness, despair.
But even worse, they reduce your ability to make great stuff. Instead of putting your energy into creating, you’re obsessing about things you can’t change
Agonizing over your competition doesn’t help you serve your customers better. Being jealous of your peers won’t improve your craft.
Focus on your own shit and ignore everything else.