Jealous has such a negative connotation in the world.
But what I have learned over the years that jealousy in pool is actually a good thing. Why? Because it makes you work harder! Practice more. Compete more.
To see your friends rise on the league standings while you go down or if they pass you up, gives you that twinge of jealous feeling in your heart.
That's actually a really good thing! It lit a fire under me and made me try harder, practice more, and do additional things to help my game.
Use those jealousy feelings to your advantage. Make it push you to work harder on your game and improve.
Just as a friend recently told me, "Competition is good for business."
And if you start to work on your game, the benefits will be placing higher in league, being sought-after by other teams, placing further in tournaments, etc. So, if that jealousy feeling gets you to play better because you are working harder on your game, other teams will recognize you are improving.
And when someone builds a new team (for example), who are they going to want? You.
Don't let it be the other guy!
If you think about it, what if we all stayed the same ranking in the stats? That's not even fun, huh? lol. And, it doesn't give us much incentive to do better if we all just stay in the same ranking spot. But if you see a friend pass your ass up, you take notice. Or a friend who has never been in the top 10 get there, makes you want to be in the top 10, too. Or someone who remains always in first place, makes you want to work harder to replace them.
Jealousy is a gem to our game.