COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY

At a recent Stanford Business School reunion, the alumni asked to visit with legendary professor ^[redacted]‌ and (far less legendary) me. One of their questions to us was “who do you compare yourself to?” I took a first shot at answering by saying, “Well, Mitt Romney was my undergraduate classmate and Ray Dalio my business school study group mate, so whenever I think about this question I feel bad.”


Irv went next and replied simply, “I don’t do comparisons. As Teddy Roosevelt said, ‘Comparison is the thief of joy.’” And I quickly found myself comparing my answer to his and feeling bad!


By Joel Peterson


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