This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
jump to last post 1-14 of 14 discussions (15 posts)

Does watching others achieve success today bother you?

  1. CloudExplorer profile image79
    CloudExplorerposted 5 years ago

    Does watching others achieve success today bother you?

    Why if so, or why not. Please be truthful and to the point if possible. (Maybe write a hub to expound on this question in the form of an answer, but utilize the answer area's option for creating a hub in conjunction to do so.)

  2. billybuc profile image87
    billybucposted 5 years ago

    Not at all, buddy. It excites me and energizes me. It's a big world out there and there is more than enough success to go around. If I have the talent then success will come eventually. In the meantime, I love it when my friends do well.  The only time it bothers me is when someone without talent hit it big....but that's a fluke more than the norm.

  3. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    Not at all. I am glad for anybody that can achieve success in any way. There are many more forms of success than just money. God bless them.

  4. Ericdierker profile image56
    Ericdierkerposted 5 years ago

    What a strange and yet perfect question. Why it should be a question hits right to the heart of our being. This emblazoned sin of covetousness and jealousy will always be with us. I look forward to hearing answers.

    For me it is a hit or miss thing. Sometimes I am irrationally jealous and sometimes I am proud of a fellow earthling who does well.
    Those I mentor do better than I, that should be the whole point, but alas sometimes it is not.

  5. lburmaster profile image82
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    No, I consider it to be motivation. They made it up there, so I can too. Either by chance or by effort.

    1. CloudExplorer profile image79
      CloudExplorerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great honest answer lburmaster, I feel the same and its actually what I wrote in conjunction to this very question on Facebook. Thanks for answering, I will credit you on my new Youtube series I got started for these HP Q&A sessions. Nice answer!

  6. Billie Kelpin profile image86
    Billie Kelpinposted 5 years ago

    Truthful?  You want truthful?  I can give you truthful.  If we change the question to: "Does others' success, especially that of friends, throw you smack up against your own inadequacies, laziness, and shortcomings?"  I would respond with an resounding "YES"! I had to write a whole little children's story to help me cope with my own comparison to others. In "Polly and the Measuring Stick," Polly is brought down to the ground when the garden club comes to visit.  There are "oooh's for this flower, "aah's" for that flower and no "oohs," nor "ahh's" for Polly. To survive she recites the mantra, "I am what I am and I know what I know and I measure just ME to see how I grow."  Easy to write a children's story about not comparing your success (or lack of it) to others' - hard to live out in real life.

  7. penlady profile image61
    penladyposted 5 years ago

    No; not at all. Just as they have achieved success, so can you. In fact, you can use their success as motivation for your own success. It's often that other people's success drives us to be our best. It's called admiration.

  8. Tonipet profile image83
    Tonipetposted 5 years ago

    Not at all. The first thing I would feel is wow, so admirable... followed by "how did he/she do that?".... Surely, I'd be happy for them and definitely would start wishing I can do the same:smile... Thank you for the question and blessings to you.

  9. dashingme profile image72
    dashingmeposted 5 years ago

    Not at all but I would praise them for such achievement they have done for they have been blessed. And this would be a challenge for me to pursue of what I want in life. If others can do why can't I, I will think positive, strive more and make difference of my life not just by success but by faith. Everyone has different edge of reaching success he may be blessed today but someday I will be much more blessed for everything God will provide I have faith and have believe in myself for if we ask according to his will it will be supplemented.. ask the knowledge,courage and you will receive of what your hearts desire.. Just dont forget to praise above.

  10. MichaelJohnMele profile image73
    MichaelJohnMeleposted 5 years ago

    No it doesn't bother me at all...I'm happy for them and truly wish them nothing but the best.

    It is up to me to make myself, and my life a one else is responsible for me. If I'm unhappy with my life than I need to change it...focusing on what others are doing isn't going to make things any better for me in the slightest.

  11. Hariom Singhal profile image61
    Hariom Singhalposted 5 years ago

    Yes, success of other bother more then our failure.It is common for all.

  12. profile image0
    Lordshanguarposted 5 years ago

    It depends on what you mean by success.  If you mean it in terms of accumulation of wealth, power, and status, then the only thing that bothers me about it is how shallow the measure of success is.
    Otherwise, no not really.

  13. Shanti Perez profile image75
    Shanti Perezposted 5 years ago

    Watching others achieve success, if done ethically, gives me a happy feeling inside. If there were more happy people in the world, or people who lead meaningful lives, perhaps there would be less suffering and more thoughtful and conscientious decisions made for the good of all beings and the planet.

  14. Say Yes To Life profile image81
    Say Yes To Lifeposted 4 years ago

    I'm usually happy for other people's successes.  I'm rarely plagued by envy, but I've discovered when it happens, the best thing to do is to tell the person you envy them.  They'll nearly always respond with some information that kills your envy.  Once, I told a flirtatious female co-worker I envied her.  Coming from South America, this was the way she was raised.  It turns out she was divorced (for good reason) with a young daughter to take care of - on a salary not much greater than mine.  Furthermore, her ex-husband quit his high-paying engineering job and took one at a fast food restaurant to avoid alimony and child support.
    I wound up being on the receiving end, which means there's something to karma.  I was at snowboard camp, and wound up dancing with the pros.  Later on, my counselor and a roommate told me they were jealous of me.  I responded with, "Then you should have joined in!  We girls are outnumbered 3 to 1 here; you should be taking advantage of it!"  When I met my counselor there the following year, her attitude towards sexism in the snowboard industry had completely changed.
    There is no need to tear down someone because you're jealous.  Usually, if someone is successful, that's a sign that you can do it too.