We’ve been brainwashed into keeping up with the Joneses. Paying attention to our peers and staying ahead, just a little bit.
But if you’re in that trap, it’s probably worth considering who your Jones’s are.
A hard worker might feel lazy at a sweatshop on Wall Street. A shopper in love with luxury goods might feel inadequate on Fifth Avenue. “Compared to who?”
If comparing yourself to a different set of peers is going to motivate you or give you peace of mind, by all means, switch. It’s up to each of us, isn’t it?