This post is meant to start a conversation, if anything. At DailyVitamina.com, we find that talking about topics that happen within relationships, whether family or friends, is just as important for talking about a healthy lifestyle.
In this piece for Entre Nos, we felt it important to touch on the “crabs in a pot” syndrome while also discussing changes in mindset. This competitive feel is something that people have talked about for years and George Lopez has even done a bit about.
Crabs in a Pot
For those who haven’t heard about this, it is the idea that as crabs in a hot pot that try to get out, they climb on each other and no one ever makes it out due to the repeated pulling down. Latinos have built up a reputation for a competitive nature with a mind set that basically says, “If I can’t have it, then neither can you.”
We cannot tell you how this started. But the speculation can start from the idea that countries on a political spectrum have created it between rich and poor; those that have and have not. Climbing the capitalistic ladder or the lack of opportunity to do so can build an extreme sense of rivalry and competitive culture. However long the battle may be to get on top, in the end, who really wins?
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The Millennial Mindset
As our culture starts integrating itself and younger people begin to enter into the professional world, the sense of this syndrome is slowly diminishing, especially among the Millennial demographic. The Millennial generation that is made up of 20 percent Latinos, is known for a collaborative and entrepreneurial qualities.
Instead of harnessing the idea that you have to do things alone and battle those around you, the idea of working together is becoming more attractive to those making waves as the new generation. The change is happening and in order to benefit, putting yourself in that mind set of working together can have lasting benefits that, in the end, work for everyone.
- By helping others achieve their goals, they will help you achieve yours. In working with others on a collaborative effort, you build relationships which demonstrate your capacities and in turn will bring positive connections moving forward.
- Being collaborative allows you to lock out competition and together all energies go toward build a bigger and better service or project.
- Innovation from collaboration brings out a flow of ideas and thus a better service.
- Building leadership skills is almost an inherent part of working with others. Sharing responsibility also allows for a faster reaction time and getting more done moving forward.
Editor’s Note: ”Entre Nos” has been created to start conversations about issues that Latinos endure at home or in personal relationships. Many of these ideas will stem into more cultural issues that will be discussed further on LatinoDr.org.