If you find yourself forever competing with your friendship group, this episode is for you.
The chat was inspired by the book, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, a story revolved around the friendship and rivalry between 2 girls growing up in post WWII Naples. The themes in the book are relatable, even though I grew up in Australia in the 1990s and 2000s. I remember feeling rejected with sense of competition between friends. Feeling lonely, like an outcast. The jealousy and the worry of what others think. Not only a fantastic, can’t put it down kinda read, it inspires reflection of your own life.
No wonder this book series (yes there are 3 more books to read) is so popular.
This is what we spoke about during the episode
- You can be competitive with each other but still, want each other to succeed.
- Competition can create suffering.
- Having an ally over a competitor is just a more joyful way to live. When you help each other, it’s a productive relationship.
- Reflect and check in, what’s your sense of competition like. Is it bringing good or is it bringing others and yourself down?
- Jealousy can be a big reason why friendships become toxic. What can you do about it?
- If it does not come naturally to you, being happy for someone else is a practice.
- Seek inspiration and motivation from someone else’s success. Get out of your ego. Let go of the competition.
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