Entrepreneurship and Envy | Justin Mares
Matt Nunogawa stashed this in General Wisdom
Envy can be self-destructive if not managed... A tremendous waste of time and energy that you desperately need.
From the article:
It can be easy to occasionally feel envious or jealous of other’s success. Not a constant, obsessive feeling or anything like that – just enough of a problem where I recognize that this is something I have to deal with. Where I’ll read something on TechCrunch and think “wow look at how successful company x is.” I haven’t seen much written about this, but suspect (due to conversations I’ve had with other founders) I’m not alone in thinking/feeling this way.
It's hard, but the best thing an entrepreneur can do is not read tech press, which focuses on the outliers that have had something extraordinary happen.
He's not alone in thinking this way. Comparing ourselves to others makes us miserable.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
© Max Ehrmann 1927
This is one of the best quotes, ever.
I concur! Must... re-read.
No matter who you are, there's always someone richer. I have numerous friends who've made enormous amounts of money. They way I look at it, it's always a good thing to have more people I can hit up for investments!
The richer they are, the less they like to be hit up for investments. :)