When you find yourself above-average, it’s time to get moving and take it to the next level.
We’re herd animals, and a psychological force of gravity pulls us into orbit around the norms of our current social network. Your level of success depends on how often you can achieve escape velocity from your bush league up toward the big leagues, which depends on how you react to people who are better than you at something, or even to the idea of such people.
I have a friend who quit taking art classes after encountering a particularly talented classmate. What a waste! In a world of almost 7 billion people, you name it and there are always a million people somewhere who are more talented than you. To be successful at something, an obvious key skill is to find those people, befriend them, work with them, learn from them, etc. If encountering someone more talented disheartens you, there’s a serious problem in your thinking somewhere, a serious denial problem that’s getting in your way.
Yes, a huge part of success is getting involved with smart, successful, big-thinking people, thereby raising your standards and learning from their example. But … the problem is, what’s in it for them?
Aside: According to Gérald Carpentier as translated by Entreprises 35
First of all, prepare the success biscuits.