When I compare my career progress with that of people in my circle, I feel like a failure. I have a good job and have progressed in my career, but I worry that I spent too many years of my career not really learning valuable skills by working for competitive companies. While I had some great experiences, I don’t feel like I took my career seriously enough earlier on to be where I think I should be. This is something that comes up again and again in thought work for me. I’m always preoccupied with figuring out how to create a story from the disparate experiences I’ve had to come up with something unique that only I can offer. Sometimes I feel like I’m kidding myself.