My answer to this question is obvious. I'm a minnow in a sea of great white sharks! There's always going to be someone prettier, smarter, more stylish, and skinnier out there, and New York is a constant reminder of that. However, I like having pretty, fashionable, talented friends because it helps me to learn, and encourages me to strive to be the best I can be.
I know a lot of people like to be a star, and really, who doesn't like to shine every once in a while? Having such tough competition around me constantly doesn't exactly do great things for my self esteem at times, but it brings me down to reality. Some people could benefit from knowing that no, they're not all that, and yes, sometimes their shit does stink just like everyone else's.
On the flip side, I have also gained quite a bit of confidence living in The Big Apple. I'm exposed to certain things and resources most people aren't. When I was home in Kentucky for Christmas, I realized what an advantage I have from living and working here for probably the first time ever. I picked up a regional newspaper, and then looked at their website to see what it was like. I instantly noticed things that could be improved, and how the traffic-generating tricks I've picked up on could really help the site. These were things I didn't even know I knew until I saw that someone else didn't! Umm, if that makes sense? It makes me feel good to know that whenever I leave this crazy city, I'll walk away with skills that will put me ahead of others.
So what about you: Would you rather be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond? WHY?