Don’t you worry your pretty little mind
People throw rocks at things that shine

Taylor Swift
Speak Now

We really hate success, don’t we?

Not our own of course. I mean, there is no dearth of stories about people who self-sabotage themselves because of their fear of success, but that’s a completely different topic. I’m talking about how we tend to turn on things or people that get too big or we deem unworthy.

I admit I am often guilty of it myself. Some celebrities raise my ire (Kim Kardashian, anyone?) but I’ve  noticed over the years that any time someone starts to have some modicum of success, eventually there will be a backlash. For whatever reason, we become jealous and feel like we need to tear down those who rise to the occasion. It doesn’t take long for someone to go from being the talk of the town to being this week’s “no-talent hack” and joke punchline.

Why do we do that? Is it some feeling that if one person has success, it takes away from our ability to do the same? Like there is some limit to the number of people who can be successful at any given point in time? What is it that causes us to be threatened by someone else getting recognition for doing something amazing?

I don’t have an answer, but I believe that lifting up others doesn’t diminish our ability to rise above the fray. We need to learn to appreciate the talents of every person and what they offer to the world. We all have something important to share, and one person’s success does not equal our own failure.

We should lift each other up and recognize the gifts that the Creator has endowed in every single one of us. Jealously is petty and unattractive and doesn’t further our mission to make the world a better place. And when we feel threatened by someone else’s accomplishments, it makes us doubt our own abilities. That’s not what the Universe wants from us. The other side effect is the fear of success that I mentioned at the beginning of the post. When we see how people get torn apart when they celebrate their triumphs, it definitely makes people second guess if the cost is worth the price. How many things do we NOT do because we’re concerned about how people will negatively respond to it, no matter how good or valuable it may be?

Are you afraid of the success of others? How do you feel when you see someone achieve when you’re still struggling? How can you trust that there is enough prosperity in the Universe to accommodate everyone?

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