So comparing yourself to all the “should” and all the “musts” and all the “bests,” you come out as a pretty sorry specimen. And you feel inferior.
People with inferiority complexes then make a second horrible mistake: they try to “catch up. “ They try to do too much, too soon, too hard, too fast, They try to be the absolute best in some area or in all areas, constantly trying for perfection. They refuse to accept anything but the perfect self, and are on such a narrow road that they have no room for mistakes are naturally made they are magnified out of proportion.
~ Strickland & Shafe, How to Develop an Attitude for Success (1969)