Put a single crab in a bucket, and it’s likely to crawl out. Experienced crab fishermen know that if you put two or more crabs in the bucket, none of them will escape.
Why? Because whenever one of the crabs tries to escape, the other crabs will instinctively reach up and pull it back down.
People can be a lot like the crabs in the bucket. When some people see another person trying to make something of themselves, they try to sabotage their efforts. They can’t stand to see someone else get ahead. Another person’s success reminds them of their lack of success, so they reach up and grab a foot.
When you try to improve yourself and climb up out of the bucket you’re in, you’re going to experience opposition…..guaranteed. Many of those crabs in the bottom of the bucket (your peers, your friends, your family members…) have a vested interest in keeping you there. If you climb out, they start to get lonely. Remember, misery loves company.
Worse, your escape is a reminder to them that they actually have some control over their own situation. Ironically, this is bad news, because they really don’t want to take control. It’s much easier and much more comfortable to stay in the bottom of the bucket and complain.
From the bottom of the bucket, they can blame all the people and circumstances that are responsible for their unhappy condition. They can criticize the efforts of the crabs who are trying to climb out of the bucket for thinking that they are better than everyone else. They can spread gossip and negative seeds about the crabs that believe they can escape.
What a shame! All this lose-lose behavior is such a waste. While the crabs in the bottom do their best to hold everyone down they totally miss the fact that they could all get free if they would let the crabs who crawl out reach back and pull them up!
If you’ve made it out already, remember to lend a claw. If you’re still in the bottom of the bucket, keep your claws to yourself!