Do you envy successful people?

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  1. Vinaya Ghimire profile image79
    Vinaya Ghimireposted 9 years ago

    Do you envy successful people?

    I don’t envy successful people and I don’t consider my successful.

  2. Faith Reaper profile image83
    Faith Reaperposted 9 years ago

    No, as everyone's idea about what is successful is different.  To me having my lovely family and being in good health and just enjoying each day is success to me.  Plus, God tells us that we are not to covet, so I don't.  So many people who define success as having a ton of money, are so miserable, and I would not want that for myself.  Good to see you back here a bit on HP.  I hope you write again soon here.

  3. mathira profile image78
    mathiraposted 9 years ago

    I do not exactly envy successful people, but I do want to know the tricks of being successful. I guess it is a very slow process. When you limit yourself to mediocre success, you do not achieve great triumph. But when you keep working towards your goal, one day you will achieve it.

  4. fpherj48 profile image60
    fpherj48posted 9 years ago

    Vinaya.....Hello, old friend, so good to see you again. You have asked an interesting question.
    Just as with so many aspects of our life, there can be limitless concepts of "success," to each individual.  To envy anyone for having achieved a form of success seems rather futile, as well as foolish.  What would be the point of envy?  This is a negative attitude which cannot result in a single beneficial outcome, but cause only harm and disillusionment.

    Ideally, we must never allow ourselves to feel "less than" others in any regard.  Quite the contrary.  The degree of contentment, peace of mind and comfort with who we are, is ours alone to embrace and nurture.

    For some, success is an outward perception of fame & fortune.  Yet for many others it may be the uncanny ability to beat the odds of reaching a personal goal.  Still others can feel successful for having made a significant & positive difference in the lives of others.

    Simply put Vinaya, we know in our heart that there is so much more to the concept of success than meets only the eye.  True success is an attitude and belief in who we are, what we do each day of our life and how we regard & care for our fellow man.....even the smallest of creatures in nature.

    While I can admire others for their achievements and their seeming place in the world, I am able to also be truly happy and cautiously proud of my own. 

    Putting all greed and distorted ego aside, this is "Enough" to give us what truly matters.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image83
      Faith Reaperposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Very well stated, Paula. Grwat insight.

    2. fpherj48 profile image60
      fpherj48posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I thank you Theresa.....I am very inspired by your comment, as well dear lady.

    3. ChristinS profile image41
      ChristinSposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      you ladies both gave awesome answers smile I agree "success" is not just material, but something inside us. I feel immensely grateful for my life and all that's in it and I'm happy to be humble enough to say it's enough. smile

    4. fpherj48 profile image60
      fpherj48posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Great female minds think alike!!   LOL...How's that for humility?

    5. Faith Reaper profile image83
      Faith Reaperposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Forgive me faux pas there ... "Great" insight.  I hate these phone in trying to comment : )

    6. fpherj48 profile image60
      fpherj48posted 9 years agoin reply to this problem!  I watch a lot of cartoons with my grandchildren...I LOVE Elmer Fudd....and he says, " It's a GWATE day!"  I understand him just fine...LOL

    7. Faith Reaper profile image83
      Faith Reaperposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      LOL, so funny ... and I see I did it again ... oh me or my ...

  5. radhapriestess profile image41
    radhapriestessposted 9 years ago

    That is a good question. It depends upon what you consider a successful life. I have not made a whole lot of income in my life, but I have an opportunity to sing, do public speaking, writing and dance. Creative activities for which many admire my abilities. Some of those who make a lot of money do live under a lot of stress. If you asked them what they have to sacrifice for the money, you might be surprised at their answer.

  6. Sunshine625 profile image89
    Sunshine625posted 9 years ago

    I do not envy those who succeed. Instead I view them as an example to motivate me. Success doesn't happen overnight, it takes determination and hard work. People either have the knack to succeed or they don't. Kudos to successful people, no matter which trade they are in. We should all use them as an example to be the best person we could be. Good question!

  7. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 9 years ago

    No, because everyone has a different view of what success means. I acknowledge people who have succeeded in what they set out to achieve. Most people judge success by the amount of money they can accumulate over their lifetime, but I feel the true value of their success is what good they do with that money to better the situation of their fellow man.
    To me being successful is having good health and happiness for myself and family.(and happiness is not reliant on excesses of money)

    1. Sunshine625 profile image89
      Sunshine625posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Well said, Jodah!!

    2. Katya Drake profile image59
      Katya Drakeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Perfect comments Jodah. Very true!

  8. Paula Atwell profile image68
    Paula Atwellposted 9 years ago

    No, I don't. I find that I am happy with my own version of success, although I can wish for more material things, in other ways my life is just the way I like it.

  9. Arachnea profile image66
    Arachneaposted 9 years ago

    By envying successful people around me instead of learning from their model and seeking my own successfuls, I waste time that is invaluable and irrecoverable. So, no. I celebrate their successes instead.

  10. DDE profile image47
    DDEposted 9 years ago

    I don't envy successful people. I can't have or want they have. It is not how  I have chosen to live. I  have always had  the best in my life. Every person wants and needs differently.

  11. Katya Drake profile image59
    Katya Drakeposted 9 years ago

    I personally do not envy successful people. More than anything I admire them. Success does not come by accident or luck. It comes through hard work and sacrifice. It is incredible and inspiring to me to hear some of the stories of successful people in the world!
    I often wish I was more like them in the way of their courage and ability to risk everything. This is not envy though. Its is more of a motivation to do better in my own endeavors.


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