Not Just Crabs in a Bucket

 

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What’s the deal with holding each other back? Why are we so unable to celebrate and recognize that a success for one of us ultimately equals more opportunity and success for the rest? The crab in a bucket mentality is not one that is unique to any one generation, race or nationality. By my own admittedly unscientific observations, worldwide, I have found this attitude most prevalent amongst those on the lowest economic rungs.


For those of us whose birth certificates weren’t accompanied by seven figure trust funds, our early memories are full of not having enough- whether it be freedom, education, money, power, respect- and watching those who came before us struggle to make ends meet. We seemed to grow up to believe that any scrap that can be found should be horded away. Instead of realizing that shared said scrap will feed many, we allow our familiarity with scarcity rule our behavior. When we are awarded career success and positions of power, too often, our old fears and feelings of inadequacy continue to rule us, and we hold back our peers out of fear that their success will eclipse our own, thus thrusting us back down to the meagerness of never having enough that seems but a breath behind us. So we walk alone, in fear of losing, and by living on that fear, we never fully allow ourselves to win.

On my own journey, it has taken a long to come to the realization that ultimately, a success for someone I work with, whether professionally or personally, was also a positive reflection of me. That surrounding myself with people who had both the ability and desire to grow and succeed and finding collaborative ways to reach those goals together was a wise move.

Think about- the rich stay rich by working together to grow their respective wealth. If our goals include wealth, we need to study their playbook and flip it in our favor. I overstand that it is easier said than done, we need to figure out a way to overcome our own fears of inadequacy and fight together. Fullness, power…it’s ours for the taking if we do it right.

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16 Responses to “Not Just Crabs in a Bucket”

  1. Greeneyes aspiring weedcarrier Says:

    For those us whose birth certificates weren’t accompanied
    ^^^^
    us = of us(?)

    education, money, power, respect- and watching those ho came before us struggle to make ends meet.
    ^^^^
    ho = who(?)

  2. green eyes Says:

    ^ got it

  3. snort_snortcrazy88since88 Says:

    Fuck Niggers. BLACK Power.

  4. Rey aka Somebody Owes Me A Steak Says:

    Good points, greenita.

    Props.

  5. Fidel Cashflow Says:

    I don’t hate on my people if they’re making money as long as they aren’t exploiting their own to get money and as long as they give back to their community.

  6. Big Homie Says:

    The world is filled with jealousy and hate. Its a shame, but have to deal with it and keep distances away from those types. Great post and good points Greenie.

  7. green eyes Says:

    thank you fellas.

  8. Sinister Prime Minister Says:

    Superb post! If the Jews would let us borrow their playbook for a minute or two we could be unstoppable. But instead we stay stopping each other.

  9. G7 Says:

    *crabs in a bucket crickets*

  10. green eyes Says:

    i know.. no one plays over here anymore 😦

    jk

  11. Opiniated Tall Israeli Says:

    Superb post! If the Jews would let us borrow their playbook for a minute or two we could be unstoppable. But instead we stay stopping each other.
    ^^^^
    *blank stare*

    I know nothing of this playbook you speak of….

  12. Opiniated Tall Israeli Says:

    *notifies the Jew Unit*

  13. Fidel Cashflow Says:

    green eyes Says:

    July 31st, 2007 at 9:41 pm
    i know.. no one plays over here anymore

    jk

    ^^^^
    I’ll play with ya

  14. Rasheed Wallets Says:

    *cricketLORDS*

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  16. IvoryDome Says:

    Agree, read this wishing I had Crabbuckit playing.
    “No time to get down cause I’m moving up” k-os

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