Quotes That Make Cents: The Joy Thief

Comparison is the thief of joy

Quotes That Make Cents is a running series of quotes we find particularly money-motivational. This quote is brought to you by the wise Teddy Roosevelt.

Feel free to pin, share, or print and slap on the fridge next to your expired Domino’s Pizza coupon.

Life’s difficult enough without pitting ourselves against others. So let’s let the Joneses be Joneses and just focus on ourselves.

That is all.

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  • Reply Roo // NiceGirlNotes March 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Please open up a shop and offer this as a print so I can buy it and hang it on my wall.

    Thank you.

    • Reply Johnny March 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      I’ll combine it with our up-and-coming cat hair sweater store. We’re waiting for the weather to get a little warmer so Persie will be in optimal shedding condition.

  • Reply Rob March 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Or to think of it in another way, don’t compare oneself to the Joneses but to ourselves in the past, as we stand today, and looking ahead to where we want to see ourselves in the near and long-term future. Successful businesses prepare a 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year goal-setting plan and it is wise if each of us personally tries to do the same, not only financially but also in other areas of our lives. Thus this type of personal inner comparison can then be the achievement of joy. Roger, over and out. 🙂

    • Reply Johnny March 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Comparing ourselves to ourselves is where the focus should be. Roger that.

  • Reply anna March 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Love this!

  • Reply Melinda Gonzalez March 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I am a sucker for quotes, love it!

  • Reply Do or Debt March 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I so needed to read this. I try to take this advice, but sometimes I get so caught up in comparing. It really does a number on your psyche, so gotta cut it out!

    • Reply Johnny March 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Believe you me, this quote wouldn’t be going up if it wasn’t something I constantly need to be reminded of. Like you and Uncle Joey said: cut it out!

  • Reply Laurie @thefrugalfarmer March 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Funny, in our old life, we were constantly comparing ourselves to others. Now in our new “getting out of debt” life, we don’t want anything to do with the Joneses, because they’re all living a life chained to their jobs and their debt. NO, thank you!

    • Reply Johnny March 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Amen, sister! How cool is that mindset! What you (we) used to idolize is now something we feel sorry about. All that comparison energy can just be used to keep fueling debt/financial independence efforts.

  • Reply Grayson @ Debt Roundup March 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    I enjoy this quote. I will take one print on my cat hair sweater.

    • Reply Johnny March 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Haha. Better yet, I’ll embroider it when the shop’s up and running. Actually, I might be overpromising since Joanna’s the seamstress in this house. I’ll have to get back to you on that.

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