This post is inspired by many conversations I’ve had with friends over the years. If you’re a sports fan I’m sure you’ve had the very same conversations. It always starts the same way: “Hey, did you hear ‘player X’ just signed a new contract with ‘team Y’ for ‘Z’ million dollars?!”
It’s not long after that someone will usually comment “Ugh, athletes are so overpaid!” or “I can’t believe you can make so much money playing a game.” These people just don’t get it.
You can justify the salaries in any number of ways. Simple supply and demand will tell you that in a Multi-Billion dollar industry, with so few qualified workers, those workers are going to be handsomely compensated. But the point here isn’t to show if or why athletes are fairly compensated.
It’s to show that this line of thinking is what is keeping you down. These kind of arguments come from an envious and greedy place. They’re all about wishing someone would do something for them, to relieve them from the masses of the mediocre.
People who are successful don’t get envious or jealous of those who are more successful than them, they learn as much as they can to try to duplicate or improve upon that success themselves.
As an investor I could spend my time becoming bitter about the fact that Warren Buffett makes more money in a day than I’ll ever see in my lifetime. But that would just be a big waste of time. A better use of that time is listening to what he has to say and learning how he made himself into what he is today. There is always something you can take away and apply to your own situation.
The same thing goes at work. There are plenty of people in every office who spend more time talking about how others have gotten promotions or make $X more than they do. The whole time chalking it up to fate rather than focusing on what they could do differently to put themselves in the position of those they are envious of.
So the faster you stop blaming others for your failures and depending on others for your success the faster you’ll start achieving the goals you have set for yourself. Taking responsibility for your own actions is one of the fastest ways to turn things around for yourself. Resenting those who have more than you will only lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy of not being satisfied with what you have and constantly falling short of your goals.