When does admiration turn to envy? Have you ever wondered if other podiatrists admire what you do or envy what you do? Admiration is good; Envy is bad.
I remember a Physio in Cairns setting up quite a large business, and her team very much admired her. But when she decided to leave town and move south and began posting her morning coffee at the beach on Facebook each day, her admiring team became envious, quickly followed by a downturn in business.
I initially heard this concept of admiration and envy when I listened to, The Three Month Vacation podcast with Sean D’Souza, titled How To Deal With Envy In Business. Like it or not, it happens to everyone during their career. It’s quite prevalent in the professional arena, and I have seen it firsthand in podiatry many times.
When we graduate from university, we’re inexperienced and lack confidence; even though we may be extremely competent, we’re yet to prove our skills in battle. We’re like Gladiators entering the arena for the first time. This is why gaining employment at a reputable podiatry business and having a good mentor is important because your skills will develop so much faster.
As students, we admired others in our profession with more experience. When we get our first job, we also admire our employer and mentors, and admiration is a very healthy and normal state of mind; however, when does admiration turn to envy?
Admiration Turns To Envy
In reality, it doesn’t take too long to test our skills and gain confidence. In my previous podiatry business, I had a training schedule/program that could take a new inexperienced graduate and perform at the same level as more experienced podiatrists within three months, which was good for business. Still, I must admit it also creates a few egomaniacs.
When we admire someone, we do it from a distance because the other person achievements seem so far away from our current position in life; however, when we envy someone, we picture ourselves in their place right now, and this is when things can start to turn ugly.
The closer you get to someone else's skill level and talent, the more admiration turns to envy, especially if it looks like they’ve had a much easier run, got all the breaks, or had their success handed to them.
When you hear a colleague talk poorly about another colleague, it’s usually envy and nothing more, especially if they cannot back up their comments with specific facts. I once heard my business was a success because I broke all the rules. Yeah right! I guess they missed all the 12-Hour + days I worked, 6 or 7 days per week.
Don’t Be A Seagull
If you’ve ever eaten fish and chips at the beach, you would have thrown a few to the seagulls. Usually, there’s one bossy seagull that is so focused on chasing off the other seagulls that they often never get a chip themselves; however, the other seagulls that are purely focused on the chip usually get feed.
This is why you have to stop focusing on your competitors (the seagulls) and focus on the job you have to do in your business (the chip). If you do this, you will succeed, and your envy level will decrease because busy people don’t have time for envy.
Actions Speak Loud
In 2017 I invited eight local podiatrists. One podiatrist sent me an email informing me they didn’t need this sort of rubbish; obviously, one contacted another podiatrist I know and complained, which made no sense at all; five did nothing, but one podiatrist did register.
The one podiatrist that registered also has the largest podiatry businesses in town at the time. Isn’t that interesting.
I'm unsure if attending my event had a significant impact on his business or not. Still, it is a perfect example of taking action and not focusing on what everyone else is doing. Remember - Admiration is good; Envy is bad.
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