Comparing ourselves to others can sometimes suffocate our creativity. "A person needs a healthy self-respect to pursue novel ideas, and to make mistakes, despite criticism from others. Self-doubt there may be, but it cannot always win the day." Margaret A. Boden, PhD. Follow link for more quotes in post: We Need Healthy Self Respect to Be More Creative: http://thecreativemind.net/187/
People who feel like impostors will often play it safe by not even attempting a creative project, out of a self-limiting belief of being incompetent.
Tilda Swinton admitted, “I certainly never set out to be an actor, and I still find it embarrassing when I hear myself referred to as an actor. I expect real actors to stand up and protest: She’s a fraud.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated, which made The New York Times best-seller list, once commented, “I can be very hard on myself. I convince myself that I’m fooling people. Or, I convince myself that people like the book for the wrong reasons.”