In my book And...Action! I have a chapter "The Godfather," where I address 6 different types of relationships that don't serve you:
1. The Non-Supporters
2. The One-Uppers
3. The Physical Drainers
4. The Mental Drainers
5. The Not-So-Expert Experts
6 The Crashed and Burned
As far as the One-Uppers go, these are the people who no mater what you've accomplished, have done something better. They steal your joy.
You want to surround yourself with people who celebrate your success. You can only go as far as the people with whom you surround yourself. If you're not ready to eliminate the One-Uppers from your life because they hire you or refer you, then continue to tell them about your accomplishments knowing what their response will most likely be (to maintain the work relationship) and then REALLY celebrate your accomplishments with the people who care about you.
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