I recently started an 8 week coaching programme with 9 other malcontents and we have been sharing our histories, dreams and ambitions. I like to think of myself as an intelligent, independent creature who doesn't need to be told by marketeers what I should have in my life - no plasma TVs or status symbol cars for me. What I'm not quite so good at is avoiding my own inner marketeer; the one that goes "look at them, they're really clever, sorted, articulate, funny etc - why can't you be more like that?" It's a pernicious voice and a reminder that the values I aspire to and the ones that actually drive me are out of synch.
When I compare and over admire, I make myself small.