One aspect of my overwhelming fear of failure is that when I see someone do something I can do, but much MUCH better, it makes me want to stop trying.
This is ridiculous, of course. Did I really expect to be the best guitar player? Or the best sketch artist? Or to play Moonlight Sonata better than someone who's had it memorized for years (that would be my wife)?
No. But sometimes I fool myself into thinking maybe I'm the best bass player in my church, or the best writer in my crit group. Then someone comes along in what was supposed to be MY realm, totally shows me up, and makes me wonder what I was ever doing there in the first place.
And even this is ridiculous. No matter what I do, or how small my realm is, there will always, eventually be someone better than me.*
There's the obvious lesson: Don't compare yourself to others. It's a game with no winner and one loser (you).
But there's also this: The fact that there are people better than you is a GOOD thing!
If you're close in skill level, that person can challenge you to become better.
If you're not so close, that person can educate you to become better.
And if they're so much better than you that their skills are the equivalent of MAGICAL WIZARDRY,** then at the very least they can entertain you.
So there you go. Don't compare yourself to others, but if you do (cuz it's basically impossible not to), USE IT.
* Unless my realm is just me, which is either just sad or else exactly the solution I should be looking for.
** As opposed to regular wizardry.