How to stop competing with peers and start connecting

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'Newsweek' recently offered readers some expert advice on how to build healthy relationships and avoid having a competitive mindset.

Celebrate your peers' successes

To avoid negative competitive feelings like jealousy, try to internalise other people’s successes as a positive thing. Priscilla Martinez of The Brand Agency suggests that offering a co-worker a sincere congratulations can help you escape a competitive headspace.

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Find meaning and value in relationships

Be mindful that, just as you bring your own gifts and talents to the table, so do your peers. According to Barbara Rubel of the Griefwork Centre, connect with peers with a shared vision and be humble enough to let them teach you what you don’t know.

Empathy is a powerful tool

Feeling empathy doesn’t only apply to sadness. You can also share in other people’s victories. Cheri Baranek of Clearfield recommends recognising the potential struggles that others had to overcome to achieve success.

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Embrace your uniqueness

No two people are exactly the same, meaning that there is no true comparison. Be your best you and celebrate yourself.

Seek connection through interests

See beyond your professional setting to find fellow humans who share the same interests to build authentic connections.

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