Yes, there is a page where you can check other people’s achievements when they were your age. Heck of a pick-me-upper on a Monday morning.
But before we go to the site, let’s check this quote I found by googling ‘should I believe in myself more?’
According to quotefancy.com, Bill Gates believes that comparing yourself is directly insulting yourself (which does not really answer my question, Google!).
Is there some truth to that? Probably.
Do I care about what Bill Gates thinks of me? No.
Am I going to lose sleep thinking that the people in the poster think I am a loser? Still no. From the looks of it, they are already enjoying themselves.
Let’s get on with the site.
“This page is intended to be interesting, amusing, or even inspiring, but comparing yourself to the greatest people of all time can be depressing. Keep in mind that a lot of people who accomplished great things are dead now, and if you’re reading this, you’re not. So there’s that. Also, few of the people on this list have accomplished the things the others have done.”
I’ll gladly take that over quotefancy’s version of Bill Gates.
Let’s break it down:
Mark Twain published his first short story, “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.”
Thoughts: But he’s Mark Twain. The guy’s a genius. He’s definitely an outlier.
Danish novelist Hans Christian Andersen published his book of fairy tales.
Thoughts: The guy’s a genius too. We have two outliers in the group.
Nat Turner led a slave rebellion.
Thoughts: Damn! These people are outliers, man!
U.S. mariner Moses Rogers made the first ocean steamboat voyage.
Thoughts: Ok. Maybe this was a bad idea.
Donald Trump persuaded bankers to lend him $80 million so he could buy the Commodore Hotel.
Thoughts: Lol! I never imagined I’d relate this hard to Donald Trump. We both out here asking money. Cool, cool, cool..
Samuel Morse’s assistant, Alfred Lewis Vail, devised Morse code.
Thoughts: I should have remembered that from school.
Physicist Armand H. L. Fizeau measured the speed of light.
Thoughts: Really? I need to confirm that.
Dr. Narinder Kapany invented fiber optics and designed a glass gastroscope which can be snaked down the throat for a detailed view of the stomach.
Thoughts: Ok! Great accomplishments, guys.
Hank Williams overdosed on drugs and alcohol.
Thoughts: That’s sad. Did he die?
Bill Gates was the first person ever to become a billionaire by age 30.
Thoughts: Oopps! Sorry, Bill Gates. I’ll believe in myself more.
Earl Vickers started the Dollar Project, in which dollar bills were rubber-stamped as being lost, with a reward offered for their safe return.
Thoughts: That’s smart. Are these ‘facts’ legit though?
Susan Smith figured out where all the plain wire hangers come from. It took her a long time because she never goes to the dry cleaners.
Thoughts: Come on, Susan! It’s so obvious! (I really need to check the legitimacy of this site)
George W. Bush was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol near his family’s summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. He pleaded guilty, was fined $150, and had his driver’s license suspended.
Thoughts: There you go! Thanks, George.
Clare Grant of threebeautifulthings.co.uk had a man jump on a train to say he loves her; peed in a litter bin on Durham market place; threw a glass of wine at a man who upset her; got a book deal for her blog; learned to map read; had a blazing row with a colleague and then made up; found a job where she felt loved and valued; swam naked in the sea; and started to accept herself.
Thoughts: Clare is out there, living her best life. There’s a book in that story.
At age 30, Norma Paisley realized she has wasted a lot of time.
Thoughts: There’s my girl! We can’t all be Clare, can we?
After 13 years of attending college on-and-off, Tasha received her Associate’s degree. And cried like a baby when she did.
Thoughts: That’s nice. I’d cry too.
I don’t know if I feel better about myself after reading this, to be honest. At the end of the day, I’m just glad that at least I know where my hangers come from. Hi, Susan!
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