Don’t blow out someone else’s candle to make yours brighter. – Chelsea Handler
I had someone close to me tell me recently they were jealous of me. It was hard for them to do, I know. It always hard to put yourself out there and be vulnerable.
I’m jealous as well. I’m jealous all the f’ing time. I hate that about myself.
I’m surrounded constantly be really, really talented people. That’s a gift and a curse. I know many of these folks on a really personal level and I know they work their ass off to get what they have, but it doesn’t stop me from being jealous of them.
Why should you care?
Jealousy kills so many talented people. Not literally killed, but emotionally and from a talent perspective. It’s easy to say, “just focus on you! Be the best ‘you’, etc.” It’s much harder to actually do that.
I have a couple of friends I can reach out to, tell them I’m being a jealous asshole, they’ll listen and they’ll try and help. I appreciate that. I trust them completely not to share my crazy jealous fits. They’re so childlike, they’re embarrassing. Everyone needs friends like these, and you need to be this friend!
It sucks being a jealous asshole. My wife says I’m never jealous, but I hide it from her. We do that kind of stuff for the people we love the most.
Don’t blow out someone else’s candle to make yours brighter, might be the best advice I’ve heard in a very long time. It won’t stop me from being jealous, but I hope it stops me from trying to bring down someone else when I’m jealous.