Regular readers of this blog will know my thoughts on unnecessary comparisons.
Sometimes they are necessary though.
The whole point of professional sport is to compare yourself with other individuals or teams in a controlled environment to see who can perform better.
If you are making a significant investment such as choosing a car, house or holiday destination, you would be crazy not to compare all the options out there.
And in politics people must compare candidates to make their choice.
When these types of comparisons happen there are winners and losers.
Last night my wife had a big win in her field.
Most wins, including hers, have real hard work behind them. They usually require someone to push themselves beyond their normal boundaries and to run the risk of failure, often public.
And while it is important to recognise that the process is the crucial part, that the actions behind the win are those that really matter, it’s also important to enjoy them!