What Happens when You Do Business in Envy
This is a very destructive practice. It has to do with jealousy and malice.To feel envy is to
love other people’s things, status, skills, character, luck, etc; but this love is obsessive. You
want that which other people have and you want it badly. If you can’t get it, then you start
hating the people that have that which you want. When it comes to envy, there is no limit. People can envy anything and everything. Individuals that have this tendency imagine things about others which aren’t true. They judge and criticize without reason. They resent your prosperity.
This tendency is associated with the desire to see others fail and come to harm. Often when
you feel envy, you also feel that the person who is awakening those feelings deserves to be
punished. You just want to fight or get rid of these fastidious people. You want to put them
down. The envious individual believes that others are too proud of themselves. They can not
stand proud people. You believe the person you envy is evil. If they help you in some way, you may feel bad about it.
Why would they want to truly help you, if they are evil, right?
Can you see how this tendency gets you far away from prosperity? Instead of focusing on
building your own wealth, you spend time thinking, judging, criticizing and telling defamation about the people you envy There are some things that can’t be stolen, like an individual's character, age, luck, intelligence. I think this makes the jealous person even more jealous, because they know that they won’t be able to steal those things, making them angry, sad, frustrated.
Envy is competitive. If you do not compare yourself to others and you feel happy with what
you have, you do not need to covet other people’s stuff. Also, keep in mind that other kinds
of envy arise completely out of fear. In this case you fear that they take your place, so you envy their sudden prosperity. The point with envy is that the hate it produces has no justification. You can envy other people’s prosperity even if you are more prosperous than they are.
On the other hand, you should not fear envy. The reason is that when you fear anything, the
fear opens the door to other negative tendencies. The Bible shows that, we are not
supposed to fear people, we are supposed to love; If you can persevere in love, haters will
burn away in their own fire. Your purpose must not be to make them suffer, because they are suffering a lot already due to their attitude.
How can you apply all this knowledge to your business?
Live a normal life without trying to pretend to be better than others. If you are wealthy, enjoy
your wealth. Do not hide it and fear that you will offend somebody. Fear will arise from other
negative tendencies within you. Enjoy your wealth, but do not flaunt it. Even if you are humble, some people would still want the better, but by not showing off you will reduce the envy others feel for you. The same with everything: your house, your car, your business, your profits. Some people show off because they fear to be inferior. They want to intimidate.
Some people are generous enough that when they find out someone is coveting something
they have, they give it to them. Many times this cuts off the envy they feel for you. The
person becomes your friend. They stop hating you and they stop loving your stuff. They now
have your stuff and love. The point is that even small gifts can make the difference. It can
change the way someone thinks about you. If they truly hate you, they may come to you only when they have no other choice. That’s your chance to show them your generosity.
There is a thin line between weakness and generosity.
If you give because you fear, that shows weakness. If you give because you love, that shows strength. Giving does not always have to do with money. There are many other aspects like sharing your time, teaching a skill, improving the life of others in some way.
As a strong business person you don’t have to contemplate any kind of injustice. Do not
argue with liars. Send them out. Stay away. Resist evil people and they will desist and leave.
You are not supposed to give anybody what you need for your own support and maintenance.
There is a stereotype about wealthy people. Once you are rich, people automatically tend to
think you are selfish and greedy. This is especially true for those who tend to envy others. It
is often better to share your stuff with people who have not requested anything from you;
with people that do not try to trick you, deceive you, lie to you, ask from you, etc.
How to heal the envy that you may feel for others?
I have realized that something which heals envy is to give. It does it both ways. Giving is a
direct fruit of Love, which dissipates all fears and turns negative tendencies into virtues.
If you realize that you feel envious of some people, Do something for them. Doing something that really matters, from the bottom of your heart, can be interpreted as a true act of love. Love defeats envy many times over!
How can you apply all this specifically to business? Simple. Business people have to deal
with the problem of envy almost on an everyday basis. This includes their own life and the
envy they may feel. Keep it under control.