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One-upmanship is a word which describes a phenomenon in societies where the ignorant, untalented and mediocre are desperate to glorify themselves and feel important by degrading and abusing another person.

Comparing oneself constantly to other’s personal talents, qualities, capabilities, skills and lifestyle leads only to a path of pure misery and mindless jealousy. He who covets what others have and only feels happy by spreading misery to all those around them can never be in peace with himself!

I have lost track of how many people I came across using the most ignorant, absurd and disturbing statements just to big themselves up. Self aggrandissement and one upmanship go hand in hand. Unfortunately some people cannot feel good about themselves unless they can knock somebody else down by all means possible.

concept psychologie : I love me, estime de soi

If you consider the industries and that the economy needs constant new blood to bring innovative ideas, to revolutionalise processes and techniques…how will change be allowed to take place when the current status quo facilitates the mediocre at the top of the pyramid?

Sadly this is the tragic phenomenon happening everywhere and few individuals even and approach the issue.

Right now only 20% of UK managers have any formal university qualification and as studies have proven they do recruit in their own image, common practice in order to protect their own position within the company.

ego man reflection in mirror on a white background

Consequently they will recruit someone non threatening, untalented who definitely will not rock the boat, while dismissing far better candidates with a lot more to offer…far above and beyond the organizational needs.

This tragic loss of talent and waste of human capital practiced on a grand scale is a disturbing phenomenon that eventually sends shock waves throughout the fledging economy.

At this stage the UK is lagging behind all other developed nations in the western world. UK productivity is roughly 27.3%, 35 percentage points lower than France, Germany and the USA.

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These days, it has become an official norm, regardless of one’s capabilities, to encourage and drive all personal attempts to succeed in life, regardless of the field or industry involved, to dream big!

Have a top job, work for the “big boys”, have a big house, a big car, a “trophy wife”, friends in the right places, homes abroad, luxury holidays, pedigree dog, etc.

So it seems only reasonable that when you don’t succeed first you will have to try again and again as long as it takes until you get things right.

Success road

There are also those people who operate in a rather apologetic, dismissive and patronizing way towards the ignorance, mediocrity, lack of talented of under skilled individuals… from birth.

Too often, I have seen overzealous parents talking to their long time academic under performing child, careful not to hurt any feelings or affect one’s life aspirations or even risk causing trauma on a long term basis?!

Very few people take self development seriously though. Sometimes I wonder why should people strive at all to be the best they can? At times, being the best version of yourself or more than others can only really land you in trouble, as everybody else will feel inferior and threatened by the level your performance.

believe in yourself

For example, often in offices where the manager is under educated and unqualified he or she will make life miserable to the best educated person under his or her power, while  supporting and promoting another mediocre just like him or herself, regardless of how that will inevitably affect the rest of the organization’s ultimate goals.

I have also witnessed extremely talented, very skilled and intelligent applicants being rejected at interviews simply because the panel did know if the person would fit in with the rest of the less capable co-workers, if the applicant would integrate well, even the recruiting manager felt threatened by the applicant who was just keen on impressing the panel despite being clueless about the background details of that company’s real working culture.

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