The art world is competitive, it’s a fact that we’ve all gotten used to, but it’s still sometimes super difficult not to be jealous of our co-workers or friends who seem to be getting ahead so much easier than us. Jealousy is natural sometimes, but it’s not going to help you. So, how to get over it? We’ve got some tips to help you deal with jealousy at work!
Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
It’s most likely that these jealous feelings you’re having are distracting yourself from who matters the most…you! What you achieve or don’t succeed in has nothing to do with what someone is or isn’t doing. There’s really no use comparing yourself to other people, use that energy to focus on yourself instead!
Use It To Push Yourself To Be Better
Jealousy usually means that you are unhappy with yourself. Being aware of this is a great push to make the changes you need to become a better person. Channel the negativity into something great!
Ask Whether You Really Know All The Facts
Right now when most of us are separated from physical interactions with our co-workers, it’s all too easy to be misled by social media or surface-level appearances. Most people only publish positive news online, so you never really have the full story. Even in real life, you’re never going to know all the facts. It’s important to realise that nobody is going to tell you if they’re having a really bad day unless you are their bff. It’s not in our nature to advertise our failures!
Recognise The Triggers
Ask yourself what it is exactly that’s making you jealous. If it’s always happening in the same scenario take note. Ask yourself why this keeps recurring. Being aware of why and how you’re getting jealous will allow you to work on it.
Consider Whether You Really Want What They Have
One thing that we keep on learning in the art world, is that nothing is ever as clear as it seems. Take time to analyse whether you really want to be in this person’s position. It’s likely that they are dealing with their own challenges too.
Text Lizzy Vartanian