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.