Some say the real test of success is whether or not a man can earn more money than his sister-in-law’s husband, LOL. 😀 It’s funny because there’s some truth to that statement. It’s human nature to be jealous of others.
But at the end of the day envy has no upside. Being resentful of someone else is a waste of time. If we can learn to curb our jealousy then our lives will become so much better. 🙂 We will become more happy, less stressed out, and can make better decisions. Famous investor Warren Buffett once said, “As an investor, you get something out of all the deadly sins—except for envy. Being envious of someone else is pretty stupid. Wishing them badly…- All it does is ruin your day. Doesn’t hurt them at all, and there’s zero upside to it. If you’re going to pick a sin, go with something like lust or gluttony. That way at least you’ll have something to remember the weekend for.”
How to stop being jealous? Well we can start by not comparing ourselves to other people. Then we need to boost our self confidence, develop a more optimistic view towards others, and learn to trust and let go. Finally we have to look at the bigger picture. 😀 From an objective point of view there is little difference in relative wealth among most people in developed countries. For example, someone who makes $10/hour has access to the same essential services in life as someone else who makes $50/hour. In the grand scheme of things most people are doing fine. Simply living in North America and having access to clean water, public infrastructure, and the internet already makes us some of the richest people in the world. Anything else above and beyond like having an Apple Watch is just a luxury.
Real happiness comes from within. We should focus on our own goals and ambitions. Once we understand that true fulfilment comes from ourselves, and not from other people, then there’s no longer a need to blame others, or envy them. 😉 And that’s how I get over being jealous. Hopefully this way of thinking will help other people too. Instead of being jealous of other people we should learn to be inspired by them and work towards meaningful lives for ourselves. 🙂
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