Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jealousy and Success

Some people will . . .
  • Always be jealous that you work smarter not harder
  • Find a way to excuse your success
  • Tell others that you are just lucky or that other people are just blind
  • Do everything they can to undercut you
  • Pretend that what you are doing will not matter in the long-run
Don't worry about these people. They're not the ones writing you checks.

Being awesome intimidates people. Be awesome anyway. As Marianne Williamson says, "There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you."

Originally published August 2009


Juliet said...

Maybe I'm weird but I love seeing good people succeed! It gives me motivation to strive harder.

"Don't worry about these people. They're not the ones writing you checks." - So funny!!

Tabitha Dantzler, NC Destination Wedding Planner said...

Juliet, I too am inspired by others' success. Truly, there is nothing to gain from being jealous of what others have accomplished and doing things to undercut their successes. For me, jealousy and envy is just a waste of one's life energy. Just imagine, what one could accomplish, if they invested that energy into something more positive.

Austin Wedding Caker said...

Great Post! Received a lot of negativity in regards to to coffee contest we just won. Earned $10k for our business by writing an essay about how the money could help our business grow even more.

Jodi said...

Why, Amen and Hallelujah! I couldn't agree with you more. It's interesting because I've found that those who are saying the nasty things are brand new to the field. Last time I checked, it's been fifteen years since I started in this field. Not fifteen minutes. I, like you, have worked super-d-douper hard to get where I am. As always, thanks Liene!

5Senses said...

How timely a post and it is well said. Mediocrity is never cute. Unhappy people cannot be happy for others - happy people can, however, be truly elated for others.

Michelle Mospens said...

This is so very true! Thank you for posting this. xo

P.S. ~ I also LOVE this quote:

"The world is a bakery that produces fresh opportunities each day and not a fixed pie where each person has to fight for the last crumb."

Did you write this quote Liene?

Liene Stevens said...

Hi Michelle, yes I did write it.

Evan Reitmeyer - said...

I loved this one, thanks for sharing it again! What you've said it too true, I wasted a lot of time trying to help/coach/befriend/enlighten my detractors because I didn't like the fact that I had "haters."

People like that are just using you as an excuse for their own lack of success - it has nothing to do with you. If they weren't saying things about you, they'd be saying it about someone else.

There is never any reason to apologize for being successful.