The Jealously Indicator
There's no science to back this up (or at least that I know of). Unlike other things I've shared, I haven't heard of anyone else backing this up or experiencing the same thing. I speaking solely out of my personal experience.
While I agree that it's unhealthy to be jealous of our peers, I argue there's more to it.
Jealously is an indicator we're not passionate about what we're doing.
Or at least it was for me. You see, I struggled hard with jealously. I watched other photographers, younger in the business or knew less than me (I taught them), landing bigger gigs than me. Yeah - I'm all too familiar with the ugly beast of jealously. I like how Helen Rowland described it:
Jealously is the tie that binds, and binds, and binds.
I was strangled by jealously, finding it hard to celebrate with colleagues and stay positive in my own circumstances. Then a funny thing happened.
As I continued to tinker on my skill through personal projects I discovered paper crafting and fell in love. All my focus and energy went into (and still does) learning the ins and outs of shapes, paper, glue, and lighting. Scrolling through Instragram, Dribbble, Design Inspiration, I notice jealously no longer has it's grips on me. Previously I would compare, but now I see inspiration.
Just like when you're hungry a stomach pang is a signal you need food, perhaps jealously is a sign to double down and explore your craft. Instead of trying to force ourselves to ignore it, let's use it as fuel to discover our niche.