The green-eyed monster
Obviously there is good and bad concurrence in any bussiness. Entertainment, economy, politics, sports.
I already mentioned about the pressure and competition that accompanies talents when trying to realize their dream of making a living from their passion. With a high imbalance of “supply and demand” it’s not a surprise at all. Regardless of how and why people ended up going down that path they all will have to handle that pressure and competition sooner or later. After they enter the business (as a trainee of an academy, university or company and as well as after their debut) they will start working and learning with different people and of course there are wonderful moments of flourishing cooperation and projects, that give each side great joy, advantages and things to learn from each other. Concurrence can be a reason for great improvement. But: there is something that is really hard to handle and most of the time it’s the reason for any tensions and disputes; the green-eyed monster, which everybody should be aware of. It can really damage friendships (and other relations) once jealously goes overboard. It’s not only the person turning into a green-eyed monster that will have a hard time, but also the person envied. Especially if the person envying them is a friend or college they actually do treasure and trust. The persons envied might try their best to not provoke the envier. Depending on the situation they might even be ready to give up on one or two projects to appease the situation. If they are lucky it works, if they are not it was a wasted opportunity. As for the envier: once they started to envy others they often have a hard time to get back to “normal” again and end up comparing themselves to others way too much, while losing at least part of their self-confidence. Such situations can even go as far as bulling/ignoring/bashing the other, becoming introverted or even giving up on what they (the envier or the envied) worked hard for.
Those paths are hard to walk, because not only do they demand hard work from anybody walking it, but luck will play an as important role as talent to be successful (whatever the definition of “success” is for the person in question) as well. Just looking at an audition: It’s not too clear who will be chosen since talent isn’t the one and only factor to be chosen. Is the person charming? Are the judges having a good day? Do they find the candidate likable? Was the candidate able to really show his/her talent or was the candidate too nervous to? Lots of those factors depend on luck. People are not objective even if they try to be. And hard work isn’t an equal of success.
Of course it’s unfair and of course some people might (rightfully or not) feel angry and mistreated because of this. Starting to have thoughts like:”Why is he/she more successful than I am?”, “Why am I so unlucky?”, “How come they do so well even if they are not talent as we are?” are most likely the first step of becoming green-eyed. And it doesn’t help at all if fans (and media) go and fuel the fire by complaining about how unfair all of it is. It’s ok to make a statement about it, but some fans go as far as starting to bash others without knowing what the exact situation is like and might create misunderstandings that way. It doesn’t help the envier, it doesn’t help the envied. They both have a hard time handling their situation. Don’t think it’s nice to be asked:”Why are you more successful than me?” – It hurts pretty much, as the person envied knows about being lucky as well and in fact can understand the envier.
Business always turns much more nerve-wrecking when the green-eyed monster replaces shared joy.