| February 23, 2011

Man to Man

Man to Man Episode #6: Why Haven’t I Accomplished More?

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Welcome back to another episode of Man to Man. This week’s episode is in response to an email from a young man named Sebastian. Sebastian writes:

I’m 21 years old and I’m a successful student and I have a scholarship at a university. One of the things I enjoy doing is reading about people who have contributed greatly to science and math. Sometimes after reading long enough I come across a man who is in his mid 20s and made a huge contribution to what was known at that time to science. After reading such articles I feel proud of them. They were so young yet they were smart enough to formulate a thesis or invent something that changed the world. But then new thoughts pop into my mind. “Why am I not as good as they were?” “What made them so good?” “What do they have that I don’t?” And literally after a few minutes, I’m down, confused, and depressed.

So my question is this- any advice on how to deal with this? How not to compare myself to geniuses and how to overcome feelings of worthlessness and helplessness?

Watch My Response

Here is a link to the website I mention in the video that tells you what other people accomplished at your age.

What Do You Think?

Now it’s your turn. What advice do you have for Sebastian? Any suggestions on avoiding feelings of inadequacy that come from comparing yourself to great men from history?

Please keep your comments uplifting and edifying. I want Man to Man to be a forum where men can feel safe asking and answering these questions.

If you have a question you’d like answered on Man to Man, just shoot me an email via this contact form. Remember, it can be about anything!

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