“You shouldn’t enter any profession with the idea that you must be better than anybody. Never make your job an issue of comparisons or personalities – for example: I am better than x. Say you are a writer. Your approach should be: I have something important to say and I will say it. Period. Let the cips fall where they may. Maybe somebody is better, maybe somebody is worst. Chances are that if you operate on this premise, you’ll be better than 99 percent of the people in your field. If you are allowing being better than others to be a conscious aim, then you are passing judgment on your work before it is completed. You are evaluating something that does not yet exist, which is a contradiction. First produce something than evaluate it according to objective standards. If somebody is better than you according to these standards, you learn from him. It’s an inspiration. But if many people are worst, don’t take pride in that. That’s too bad. The most tragic position is to be alone among incompetents.” - Ayn Rand, “Answers”.”—Lorand Balint (Boti) » Blog Archive » when entering a profession, should one aim to be better than everybody else?