I got this advice from my grandfather, he started out as machinery worker in a Med device company and made it all the way to being General Manager of the company before it was bought out by Smith and Nephew, which later was acquired by GSK. Anyway, one day he took me into the factory on a Sunday to do some paper work one day (I was about 10 years old at the time) and on the way in he spoke with every employee in work that day he could always remember all their children’s names and ages. Anyway we sat together in the cafeteria near the factory floor and we shared a hot chocolate. He said to me:
“Nathan, remember this if you can, there will always be someone better looking than you somewhere, someone taller, more capable, smarter, faster than you, thats life you can’t control that, you CAN control however being the hardest worker in the room. If you are the hardest worker in the room, who knows what you can achieve.
It would have been his birthday this week, it has been on my mind. I pass that lesson on to everyone I am lucky enough to mentor or advise including my own kids.