smaller solely to
comfort those nearby
shrinking is a service
to no one
Most often this is the reality: the world and sadly your closest friends will sell you short if you allow them. Not from a place of malice, but simply because groups tend to work better when everyone is in alignment. What they want and need from you is to contribute to the mean; not raise the bar.
In some rare scenarios, a tribe encourages and even adamantly forces its members to challenge the status quo. When one person raises the bar, the entire groups shifts —it leans into the new normal. Progress is made. A rising tide…
If your surroundings don’t reflect the latter, maybe it’s time for a change of scenery.