So you’re watching a reality competition like America’s Got Talent, and you’re thinking “Those people have just had their fifteen minutes. What about mine?”
We all do it, it’s an inescapable human trait.
We’re bombarded daily with images of highly successful, beautiful celebrities, athletes, movers and shakers of the business world, and we start to question our entire existence.
“Where did I go wrong?”
You probably didn’t. Not everyone is destined for what we perceive as greatness. A man who works his entire life to support his family financially while raising his kids in a stable, morally sound environment is not only a winner in my books, he’s a hero.
Let’s face it, most celebrities are ungrateful douche bags who haven’t a clue just how blessed and lucky they truly are. Take the pop star, Pink, for example. Once, while accompanying her husband on a business trip, she instructed staff at the hotel to go out of their way to make sure she wasn’t bothered in any way.
Now, I understand Pink’s desire for privacy, but this is a woman who is the envy of millions of little girls who want to be just like her. If that fan base disappeared, Pink would find herself wishing she extended every courtesy she could to every single fan anytime they asked.
Most professional athletes fail to truly appreciate the opportunities they’ve been given, as well. They start out as envious fans, who would give anything to join the “Big Leagues”. Once they get there, however, the trappings of fame prove overwhelming.
Kobe Bryant, anyone?
And don’t get me started on the business world. The average CEO is appointed to the position, they’re not an owner who has built an empire one brick at a time. Then again, I look at the cast of Dragon’s Den or its American counterpart, Shark Tank and I know these people have earned what they have, but I still feel myself turning green.
The trick, in my humble opinion, is to use your envy as motivation to wholeheartedly pursue your dreams to the best of your ability. In the meantime, just remember to thank God for what you do have.
After all, your life isn’t so bad.