You can easily confuse the two — feelings of competitiveness and jealously that is.
In many ways they are the same. But, it’s how they differ that makes all the difference in the world.
Competitiveness is a benevolent feeling that sharpens your teeth and ignites a dragon fire in your belly that’ll blaze a trail for your success.
Jealously, on the other hand, is a malevolent feeling that takes big bloody chomps out of your soul each moment you allow it to fester.
They’re different because they stem from different places.
Competitiveness comes from a place of creation — that creator just made something brilliant, I respect it but I want to create something even better.
Jealously comes from a place of destruction — that creator just made something brilliant, I want it for myself.
Competitiveness forcefully pushes the human race forward because it is through competition that we are inspired to create something greater than what was created before us.
Jealously, though, is a race to the bottom. It’s war. It’s cheating. It’s stealing. It’s sin.
Competition creates life. Jealously takes life away.
By Cole Schafer.