Five tips for navigating comparison
—by Katherine Siochi
Comparison: it’s something that all of us deal with at some point, especially as musicians. Whether you’re a student or a professional, a beginner or an advanced player, none of us are immune to it.
Comparing ourselves to others is often considered to be negative and counterproductive—something we should never do. I think of it more as a double-edged sword, as it can push us to improve. I don’t think it’s realistic to say that we should avoid or abstain from comparing ourselves to others. Instead, we can approach comparison with a healthier mindset that will allow us to better ourselves, focus on our goals, and learn from others.