According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults or 43.8 million people experience mental illness in a given year in the United States. Never in a million years did I think that I would be included in that number.
I want to share something I’m not proud of, but first let me ask you a few questions that I hope you’ll ponder. Have you ever felt jealousy creep in when you’ve heard about another woman starting the same kind of business as you? Have you ever given precious brain space to fears that she’ll be more successful than you, and fear there isn’t enough to go around for everyone?
Don’t answer yet.
Professional jealousy is a real thing. That green-eyed monster can rear its ugly head at the most inconvenient of times. But by continually choosing to challenge that pesky voice, I’ve learned several strategies that help me nurture the kinds of professional relationships that bring me more joy (and, incidentally, more success).