Question of the Week #182

Have you ever disliked someone for being luckier or more successful than you?

No. Good for them.

I don’t really believe in luck. Or coincidence. I generally feel like if someone finds themselves in their own success story, it’s because they’ve done the work to get there. I know that some have been more unscrupulous than others. In those cases, I may whine about how unfair it is that people who are jerks who only look out for themselves and their own interests wind up in positions of authority, but that’s life. I can think of more than a few managers and/or supervisors that I’ve had throughout my career who exploited loopholes and opportunities to excel, even if it meant pushing others down. I dislike people like that, but not because they’re successful. I dislike them because they’re jerks.

What about you? Do you dislike anyone who you see as luckier/more successful than you? Let me know in the comments!

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.

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4 thoughts on “Question of the Week #182

  1. Maybe if they are luckier than me in something I’ve been trying to achieve I might be upset and a little jealous haha! Like when I started blogging, I had a few friends who all started around the same time and we all took the same blogging U course together and that’s how we met. And when a few of them were already boasting followers in the hundreds or cresting into the thousands, and I was still at like 56 or whatever, that kind of got to me. But then I would be happy for them because they were able to have that success! And when I finally reached it, I appreciated it more.

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    • Yeah, I admit I get envious on occasion of bloggers I follow who are so obviously more popular than me. I mean, I’m glad they’re popular and believe they’re popular for good reason. Then I just have to remind myself that being jealous of someone else’s site isn’t going to make mine any better or more attractive to readers. I also remind myself that in four years I have nearly 10 times as many followers on my current blog than I had in 10 years keeping up with my previous blog. So, there’s that… 🙂

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  2. The majority of us create our luck. We place ourselves in a position where the odds are in our favor. Those who achieve this do so by learning from their mistakes. I was lucky. I grew up watching my grandfather follow this pattern while my father was like one of those bouncing balls that landed anywhere. Usually in unlucky situations.

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