It is said that if you keep a solitary crab in a bucket without putting the lid on it will have no trouble escaping.

But if you have a bucket full of crabs, whenever one gets to the top and is about to escape, the rest of the crabs will reach out and pull him back down to the bottom with the rest of them.

It sounds like a lot of workplaces to me.

Someone comes up with a great idea, an innovative solution or wants to leave for greener pastures, others come in and “bring them back to earth.”

Often with a thud!

I’ve also seen a lot of managers subtly sabotage the aspirations of their people because they think that they can’t replace them, so they find ways to keep them where they are through false promises, poor references or terrible advice.

Don’t let that be you.

Don’t be a naysayer.

When you see someone aspiring to live their dreams, instead of finding ways to bring them back to the pack, encourage them in their endeavours and allow yourself to be inspired by them.

Instead of pulling them back into the bucket, give them a helping hand to get out.

And when you look around, make sure that you’re not surrounded by crabs.

Find people who will assist and guide you to be the best version of yourself.

Find people who have escaped the bucket and are living the life that you want.

You may have been impacted by the crab mentality in the past, but that doesn’t need to continue.

Break free and help others to do the same, because we weren’t meant to live in a bucket.

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