Would you rather be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond?

When you live in a small town such as Charleston WV the big fish/little fish question comes to mind a lot. There are people in small towns who carry a lot of weight (meaning they wield a lot of power although some are fat as well) in their small community but when they leave their small community, they quickly realize just because they are a big fish in a small pond doesn’t mean when they go to a bigger pond they will also be a big fish there.

People from larger communities will sometimes look down upon these people because they realize in the overall scheme of things, these people are actually quite small in terms of power and relevance.

The wealthy person in the small community might not be all that wealthy when compared to wealthy people from the “big city”

Sometimes, people from the ‘big city”might look down upon the “big fish in the small pond” as being irrelevant in the overall scheme of things. Other times, the “big fish in the small pond” might over rate their importance because they forget what is out there in the rest of the world.

The truly smart people ignore these concepts altogether and make their judgments based on the individuals talents and not based on their surroundings.

For every big fish in the small pond who would struggle big time in a big city, there are many others who would flourish in a different environment. For the big city person who thinks they would “rule” in the small town environment, many would be shocked to find how much talent there is in small communities all over the world.

Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond or small fish in a big pond? I think the answer is….it just doesn’t matter. Do everything you can do, try to reach your limits and you will be a success, regardless of the size community you are in.

The problem with this big fish/little fish comparison is it’s all about comparing one person to another. The only person we should compare ourselves to is ourself. It’s not whether I’m more successful than someone else. It’s whether I’m as successful as I potentially can be. When each person tries to maximize their potential, then, and only then, will we as a society really flourish

Have a great day!

Lawrence
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