I have a friend who has wonderful attributes. He’s smart, warm and clever. If only he could be happy for other people’s professional success.
I enjoy listening to a “how I got here” story. You know…how someone started out in a menial position, out-worked the competition, projected an upbeat attitude and saw a roadblock as a challenge (and not a defeat).
I wish my friend wasn’t sucked into the “he’s up so I must be down.” That thinking will undermine your confidence and corrode your soul.
If you know someone who is keeping score, there’s very little you can do to dissuade them. The minute they start counting I strongly urge you to start counting the black pants in your closet.