This week I learned something fascinating about both crabs and humans. It is a thing called crab mentality and you have to avoid it at all costs!
“Crab mentality is a phrase popular among Filipinos, and was first coined by writer Ninotchka Rosca, in reference to the phrase crabs in a bucket It describes a way of thinking best described by the phrase “if I can’t have it, neither can you.” The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs. Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless “king of the hill” competition which prevents any from escaping and ensures their collective demise. The analogy in human behavior is that members of a group will attempt to “pull down” (negate or diminish the importance of) any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, conspiracy or competitive feelings.” Source:https://www.intellihub.com/
I see these crabs all the time on facebook groups. “Doesn’t work here.” “Can’t be done.” “Tried it and failed.” “Maybe where you live that works but not in my small town.” Sound familiar?
Don’t listen to the naysayers. You get your crab butt out of the pit of a bucket. You succeed in business and in life. It will be a fight. Your ideas might be frowned upon by your “friends.” Do it anyway!
P.S. One way to get out of the crab bucket is to educate yourself. The second lesson Daymond John of Shark Tank and FUBU told me was that the most expensive education is a lack of one. Most businesses fail due to owner incompetence. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn and improve your business when it is presented to you.