Are you the jealous type?
November 27, 2017

I never get jealous. You can ask Darrell. He’d see it. And he’s struck by how not jealous I am. If someone has something I aspire to, I get to work.

That explains -- in my casual observation, anyway -- what jealous types want. They want what someone else has, but they don’t want to work for it like someone else did.

Which is not to say I worked hard to get the advantages I started with as an accident of birth. I’m with Moneyball author Michael Lewis on that: “Life’s outcomes, while not entirely random, have a huge amount of luck baked into them.”

Even an inheritance isn’t necessarily a stroke of luck. Which feels better to throw around, money you’ve earned -- or money from Grandma? Earning your keep is thrilling. As is earning the right to call your own whatever you’re jealous of in someone else.