3 Things To Remember When Your Best Friend Is More Successful Than You

Nowadays we are never satisfied with the things we achieve. We’re competitive and no matter what we do, there is always somebody who seems to do it better. The worst thing is when that somebody is your best friend. That’s when it gets complicated and challenging. Here are three things so keep in mind when your friend is more successful than you.

#1 It’s okay to be jealous every now and then.

I know that being less successful than your friend can be really tough. The feeling of being jealous of a close friend makes you automatically feel like you are a bad person. But let’s be honest – it’s okay to feel like that sometimes. It’s natural. Remind yourself that the fact that you want to be as successful as your friend does not mean that you cannot be proud of her at the same time. Don’t let success ruin your friendship.

#2 Don’t let her success stop you.

Who said that your success does have anything to do with hers? Maybe it’s her turn now, but your time will come – and is there any better person to learn from than a true friend? Your friend would probably be the first person to offer you help. She knows you best and is not afraid to tell you, if you’re doing something wrong. That’s something that you can be really thankful for. It is better to be criticized by a friend who only wants what’s best for you, then your boss when it might be too late.

#3 Success at work is not success in life.

Don’t forget that your job does not define you as a person. I know you’ve heard it a million times but money alone does not guarantee happiness. Some people seem super successful, but when they come home to their big luxurious apartment, they might come home to their five cats and feel pretty alone. So when you think somebody is more successful than you, don’t forget that there is a lot more to success than a good job. Having great friends you can be proud of and who are proud of you is a huge success that a lot of people forget.

By Hannah Lutterbach

Featured Photo: Kenza Zouiten

  • Camille Beygui

    Great post



  • Grace

    I definitely struggle with comparing myself to my friends – I study full-time and work part-time, whereas my best friend only works full-time. When it comes to finances and talking about spending, it really makes me feel like I’m doing something wrong as I haven’t built up the same savings she has. Great tips!

    A Millennial Student

  • Amanda Brooks

    I’m so happy I came across this article! I am currently struggling with this hardcore, but just keep reminding myself I am successful too!


  • Dominique

    Great post and a good reminder. I recently went through a breakup and ended up in a much smaller home. By contrast, my best friend is engaged and is buying a home. I try not to be jealous but I think a little bit is normal.


  • maja majic

    dear Hannah I – unfortunately – don’t have huge apartment – but one can never be really lonely having pets.

  • Christina Basil

    #2 makes a good point – instead of resenting a successful friend, use it as a networking opportunity! Use their knowledge/experience/contacts to your advantage; if they are a true friend they will be more than willing to help you out however they can. :)

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