I’ve been listening to a lot of the Girl Boss Radio podcast by Sophia Amoruso – the founder of Nasty Gal. I featured it in my 3 Podcasts You Need To Listen To post a few weeks ago, check that out if you haven’t already! She interviews loads of great business women over a huge range of subjects and areas of business and recently one of them said something that really resonated with me.
“Don’t compare your hustle to their highlight reel.”
This essentially means, don’t compare how hard you work to someone on Instagram that you look up to. It is exactly that, a highlight reel, they aren’t showing how hard they’ve worked to get what they have. You don’t put anything on Instagram that you’re not proud of, that you don’t want to show off, that you don’t want likes for. You won’t get likes on a picture of you eating dry cream crackers having not washed your hair for 3 days watching re-runs of New Girl trying to work out HTML coding on your new blog layout which really isn’t playing ball. Nope. Neither would they!
Here are 3 ways to make Instagram fun again.
1. Start Your Day Without It
If you scroll through Instagram the second that you wake up and start your day wondering why you don’t have a body like Devin Brugman and you’re not at a roof-top party in LA or unboxing numerous gifted items from suck up PRs hoping for a feature on a Snapchat story. Yep, you have to get up, wash your own hair and take your homemade salad to work. It’s life, and you didn’t have a problem with it before Instagram told you that your life wasn’t good enough.
2. Remember That It’s Curated
Instagram is not like Facebook, it’s not like Snapchat and it’s not like Twitter. It’s a curated, perfect and over-thought platform that is not real life. I love it and obviously, I use it and it’s great but sometimes we all need to remember that it’s not 100% reality.
3. Unfollow People That Don’t Inspire You
Obviously Instagram is a fantastic place to inspire you to be the best that you can be but if someone’s annoying you or you don’t believe their content anymore, get rid!
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