We've all heard that everyone is important, we're all special in some way, we're all unique and that's important but...yadda, yadda, yadda... I too got bored before the end of that sentence as it doesn't help when you don't believe it.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, "no one can make you feel inferior without your permission," and it's true, an inferiority complex has little to do with reality but instead is our individual way of interpreting a situation. Sadly, those with low self esteem are the most vulnerable to the get rich quick schemes in the self-help market from 'join my course', 'buy my book', 'send me money' there seems to be no end to the 'kick them when they're down' schemes out there.
Of course we compare ourselves with others – we don't live in isolation so this cannot be avoided - but what you see and how you process it can be changed. Society has created a 'pecking order' where success, wealth and beauty are to be worshiped and without these you move down the scale quickly, but in reality does your neighbour's new car, bigger house or nose job make you any less important in the world? These external factors only change your perception of yourself; no-one else notices.
Think about the people you spend time with and whether their influence is appreciated. If someone always manages to make you feel small then don't see them too often. (Sometimes it's family members who have these negative influences over you so they can't be avoided altogether.) Good friends are honest with you and accept you without trying to change you.
To put it simply, stop wanting to be someone you're not. Just be yourself and create your own identity within society (again, we do not live in isolation).
Sadly, the popularity of TV talent shows creating stars overnight does nothing to encourage acceptance and only broadens the divide and stimulates more simmering jealousy.
While I am not advocating the American style of celebrating mediocrity - "Woo, you came 23rd! Yay, everyone gets a medal 'cause you're all amazing!" - you do need to accept you for being you. Start simply saying, "thank you" when someone offers a compliment and don't desperately seek compliments and flattery to substantiate your sense of well being every day.
Are you ready to accept you? Have you found a way to move on from an inferiority complex or have you simply grown out of it over the years?