Note Making: Someone Who’s Better Than You

In life, you’ll always come across situations where there will be someone else who’s better than you, especially there is no one quality or standard that people can be judged on. There will always be someone who ‘looks better, has more money or is more intelligent than you. How you choose to approach these situations, of course, depends on the perspective you take. People in themselves aren’t intimidating, it’s the opinions you form about them that make you feel so. Rather than judging people on a single attribute and getting intimidated, be comfortable with who you are and approach other people as complete individuals rather than a bundle of good or bad attributes.

The key to not letting others intimidate you is to know your own worth. Don’t let your sense of if be defined by what others think of you or how you compare yourself to them. Know what you are, and be comfortable in your skin. Instead of feeling threatened and letting your ego in the way, you could benefit a great deal by being around people who might be better than you in some ways. Respect others for what they are and use these opportunities to learn from the strengths and virtues of others.

Don’t get bogged down by what you don’t have or can’t do. We all have limitations. Learn to accept them and focus on your strengths. A lot of times, we come under pressure from what people we believe to be more popular and influential than us, in a bid to fit in with them. However, at times like these, it’s important for you to stay true to yourself and say ‘no’ when you’re expected to do something that makes you uncomfortable.

Your first response to an intimidating person or situation would probably be to avoid them altogether. However, avoidance only goes on to increase your anxiety. Confront these situations head on, with more and more practice, you’ll start finding these situations easier to deal with. Always keep in mind that everybody has flaws and everyone has his/her own share of struggles, even if you aren’t able to spot them. Our self-esteem gets lowered when we focus too much on our weaknesses and neglect what we get right. Change this pattern and start giving yourself credit for your strengths and successes.

Q. On the basis of your reading of the passage make notes on it, using headings and subheadings. Use recognizable abbreviations (wherever necessary-minimum 4) and a format you consider suitable. Also supply an appropriate title to it.

Approach to Life

  1. Right perspective:
    1. Makes sitn somewhat better
    2. No set quality or std to judge ppl
    3. Perspective matters
    4. Be comfortable with what you have
  2. Know your
    1. Own worth
    2. Sense of self
    3. Cfrt zone
  3. Learn to
    1. Be fearless
    2. Keep ego away
    3. Benefit from self
    4. Avail opportunities
  4. Learn to accept
    1. Limitations
    2. Strengths
Key to Abbreviations
1. sitn. – situation
2. std. – standard
3. cfrt – comfort
4. ppl. – people

Q. Write a summary of the above passage in about 80 words.


One should have the right approach to life. The right perspective makes situations better. There is no set quality or standard to judge people. It is the perspective that matters. We must learn to be comfortable with what we have. For that one should first know one’s worth, sense of self and one’s comfort zone. Learning to be fearless or keeping ego away also helps a lot. One must avail the opportunities present around and should learn to accept the strengths and limitations.

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