Hey there— Alex here,
Jealousy and envy are terrible things. Rooted in negativity and when nurtured can have a terrible effect on the way you see the world and operate your business.
I’ve struggled with jealousy for most of my life. Especially in music and early on in my restaurant career. Hell, I still try to bite my tongue before speaking poorly on people in the pizza industry.
I wouldn’t have called it jealousy if you asked me about it 5 years ago. I was often guilty of talking negatively about someone or something. Not because I actually believed the things I would say most of the time, but because I was probably jealous of some success someone else was having.
This behavior has few benefits and is an easy pitfall no matter the industry or area of life. Jealousy tends to attract the wrong people. So, surround yourself with people who are happy for others or it might be a fight to celebrate anyone around you.
I’ve spoken about talking shit in prior newsletters. Shit-talking can stem from jealousy and insecurities too. Not all the time, but sometimes. I would just say that whatever business you’re in, there is no success in jealousy.
Let someone’s example, triumphs, accolades and successes inspire instead of conspiring to find ways to discredit them. There is much more to learn from being happy for other people than being jealous of them.