I originally wrote this post on Quora dated September 1, 2016.
This is a story that my father used to tell me during my childhood when me or my sister got angry for whatever reasons.
One time a man was walking along the beach and say another man fishing in the surf with a bait bucket beside him. As he drew closer, he saw that the bait bucket had no lid and had live crabs inside.
“Why don’t you cover your bait bucket so the crabs won’t escape?”, he said.
“You don’t understand.”, the man replied, “If there is one crab in the bucket it would surely crawl out very quickly. However, when there are many crabs in the bucket, if one tries to crawl up the side, the others grab hold of it and pull it back down so that it will share the same fate as the rest of them.“
So it is with people. If one tries to do something different, get better grades, better jobs, improve themselves, escape their environment, or dream big dreams, other people will try to drag them back down to share their fate.
Moral of the story: Ignore the crabs. Charge ahead and do what is right for you. It may not be easy and you may not succeed as much as you like, but you will NEVER share the same fate as those never try.
Sue me for being rude but that’s what most people of India is doing now-a-days.
I’ve seen many of my friend’s confidence getting pulled back by their relatives and friends.
To Victims (Yes, That’s what we are calling them)- You don’t have to worry about those back-pullers, Refer to above moral and grow some morale.
All the Best.