A simple truth about haters from the grocery store.

A few weeks ago, as we left the grocery store I decided to ride the cart.


Because awesome.

As I was riding on it, my feet on the bottom, my hands holding the railing, I heard my 10 year old yell something from behind me. Here is what she said:

“Daddy, stop doing that! You’re making us jealous!”

I thought that was interesting. She didn’t yell, “Daddy, be careful!” She didn’t yell, “Daddy, that’s against the rules!” She yelled, “You’re making us jealous!”

And there lies a simple truth.

Some times, people who hate on your dream aren’t really mad about the dream. They’re mad because you’re making them jealous. They want to be the one feeling the wind in their hair as they ride through a parking lot. They want to be the one seeing their book on a shelf in a real live bookstore. They want to be the one giving that speech or opening that business.

But for whatever reason, they aren’t and they have too much self awareness to yell the truth like a 10 year old.

Next time you get hated on, remember what a lot of them are really saying.

“Stop chasing your dream, you’re making us jealous!”


  • Nick
    Posted at 04:56h, 02 April Reply

    So true. I often ask people who “question” my activities if they would be interested in partnering up on something if the opportunity came up down the road. Almost always instantaneously changes from “I don’t know why you would do that” (or “what are you trying to accomplish”) to “what did you have in mind.”

    (What I had in mind, dear hater, is revealing your true colors and maybe helping you come out of your shell instead of trying to tear others down!)

  • LarryTheDeuce
    Posted at 04:56h, 02 April Reply


  • Bryan
    Posted at 08:01h, 02 April Reply

    As I pursue my dreams and finish off final drafts of my book, this is something I consider when receiving critiques. It’s the how versus what is being said. Some feedback has jealousy rooted throughout. Still, I just don’t toss out the criticism. I see if there is any substance that I can use to make myself better. I learned this lesson back when I was a consultant and gave advice regularly to others. Giving feedback helped me learn how to receive feedback properly.

  • Jennifer Haston
    Posted at 08:44h, 02 April Reply

    Great post, Jon! It’s kind of like when kids build a fort out of sheets and chairs, and they believe 100% that its a fort.. The adult needs more convincing. How great would it be if we could all have such childlike faith in imagination do more dream chasing not dream shaming?

    • tim miller
      Posted at 11:31h, 02 April Reply

      You opened my eyes to what ive been missing jennifer i need to build a few forts

    • Diana
      Posted at 15:40h, 02 April Reply

      Love this, SO TRUE!!!

  • Matt McWilliams
    Posted at 08:53h, 02 April Reply

    Dang. I’m 34 and never realized that, but when I look back…it is SO true.

    So glad you did that when she is 10 and not when she is 14 and wouldn’t admit that.

  • Amanda Krill
    Posted at 09:09h, 02 April Reply

    Whoa. Needed that today. Dead on.

  • Jen
    Posted at 09:09h, 02 April Reply

    Totally love this post. One question though– is a “carriage” like a shopping cart? Or am I picturing this wrong? haha

    • Ann
      Posted at 09:15h, 02 April Reply

      Ha Ha, that is my question too! We call them buggies or carts. I was getting distracted by thinking of him as Cinderella.

    • Michael
      Posted at 09:17h, 02 April Reply

      I was thinking that too. At first, in my head was “what kind of grocery store has a horse-drawn carriage?”

      • Sonya
        Posted at 09:47h, 02 April Reply

        Do they have the locks on the wheels that engage if taken past the parking lot? Imagine horses going in circles at the edge of the parking lot because someone tried to take the carriage home for aluminum-can collection later. Tally ho!

  • Sarah Thomas
    Posted at 09:11h, 02 April Reply

    Man, it has been WAY too long since I rode a grocery cart. In part because I can only safely do it inside in an empty aisle since the parking lot is STEEP.

  • Jordan Fortenboher
    Posted at 09:12h, 02 April Reply

    Wow. Thank you so much for sharing this. Maybe this is why we always feel so discouraged in following our dreams…Even the people that love us most (i.e., family) sometimes come across as haters. But I think you’re right. I wonder if there’s a way to say, “Hey! Don’t hate! Chase your dream and we’ll do this together!”

  • Theresa
    Posted at 09:13h, 02 April Reply

    Glad I’m not the only one who likes to ride the cart back to put it away!

    That really is a good point about jealousy… it is always hard to hear at the time, but looking back it is often from people who are not chasing their dream or feel stuck.

  • Josh
    Posted at 09:13h, 02 April Reply

    Brilliant truth! Thanks!

  • Brandon
    Posted at 09:14h, 02 April Reply

    Naysayers gonna naysay.

  • ezra
    Posted at 09:15h, 02 April Reply

    I don’t know what “riding the carriage” is referring too either. I briefly thought it was like “chasing the dragon” but the kids were around and Jon seems like a pretty stand up guy and has good teeth so he probably doesn’t have heroin problems.

  • Annie
    Posted at 09:16h, 02 April Reply

    My kid would have yelled “Mom, stop! You’re embarrassing me!” πŸ™‚

    • Paul Pennington
      Posted at 14:24h, 02 April Reply

      LOL! Mine too!

  • Amy
    Posted at 09:18h, 02 April Reply

    Very true! Another great post!!

  • Jon D
    Posted at 09:20h, 02 April Reply

    I hate to be “that guy,” but this is an element of envy, not jealousy! As a grammar nazi, I had to say something.

    Regardless, though, this post rings true in my life. What a good message.

    • Shelley
      Posted at 09:32h, 02 April Reply

      Well, it was a 10 year old. As a fellow Grammar Nazi, I tend to cut them a little slack. πŸ™‚

      • Carleen
        Posted at 10:03h, 02 April Reply

        Shelley. πŸ™‚

  • Michael
    Posted at 09:21h, 02 April Reply

    My wife was never taught the fun and skill of riding a shopping cart growing up. I had her ride one when we were dating, she leaned back, the cart fell on her and she broke her foot. That was her one and only time to ride a cart.

  • Zechariah
    Posted at 09:34h, 02 April Reply

    That is so true. Thanks for the reminder Jon.

  • auntpickle
    Posted at 09:54h, 02 April Reply

    I have experienced this multiple times at work. My co-workers talking about people behind their backs in order to cut them down all because they’re jealous! I am never involved in the conversation, just the aftermath cleaning up. I am always saying, “they’re jealous that you did ______”. It doesn’t always help immediately but usually after the victim thinks it over they realize I’m right… Jealousy is an ugly emotion!

  • Robert Kennedy III
    Posted at 10:00h, 02 April Reply

    YES!! I do that all the time….well, the riding on the shopping cart part, not the Hating. LOL!! I don’t care how old I get, that is the best thing ever….well, except when the parking lot is downhill and you didn’t realize how steep and then when you jump off and try to stop the cart keeps going nearly crashing into a parked car and causing you to stumble and fall behind it but you’re still holding on so the cart actually drags you a few feet while you are on the ground hoping that no one saw this. But, that never happened to me though. I just heard…..

    • Paul Pennington
      Posted at 14:25h, 02 April Reply

      Hysterical….that’s going to leave a mark!

  • Holly
    Posted at 10:06h, 02 April Reply

    I’m the kid yelling “Be careful”. I’ve got to lighten up.

  • Christian Ahlmann
    Posted at 10:56h, 02 April Reply

    If only the rest of the world were so honest =)

  • Nathan
    Posted at 11:29h, 02 April Reply

    My wife makes fun of me every time I ride the cart…what if she’s the hater??

  • ronnie barnes
    Posted at 11:39h, 02 April Reply

    so, did you let your girls ride on it also or not?

  • Charity Craig
    Posted at 16:54h, 02 April Reply

    I haven’t done anything for haters to show up yet, but I’m working hard to go after my dream, so I expect they’ll come one day. When they do, I’ll remember that they’re just wanting to feel the wind in their hair too. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  • Amaris Freier
    Posted at 17:12h, 02 April Reply

    This week is having a “Trolley Tuesday” in it! (they are called shopping trolleys here in Australia)

  • Shawn
    Posted at 22:52h, 02 April Reply

    Well, I’m going to be that person and say that I see where you’re coming from, but the analogy doesn’t quite hold for me. What’s to stop your daughter (or in this case, a hater) from grabbing their own shopping cart and feeling the wind in their hair too? Its not like you’re riding the one shopping cart the store has. I guess I fail to see what she (or a hater) would have to be jealous of, when there are tons of other opportunities (shopping carts) available, and they’re all alike.

    • PJ
      Posted at 13:52h, 03 April Reply

      Yeah, Shawn. I tend to agree with your thoughts. Unless he is a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of dad and doesn’t let his kids do unsafe things but he does them in front of them. If that’s the case, yeah, then the child might be jealous because he’s being more of a bratty brother than a father. πŸ™‚

      Perhaps what the author was reaching for was a kind of “hey, don’t feel jealous, just grab your own shopping cart and get going” as an analogy for life. I don’t think he’d actually want his daughter possibly seriously hurting herself by riding a cart…

      My other thought is that it reminds me of what overprotective, well-meaning parents say to their kids when no one wants to play with them. It’s not because they might be mean, petty, stupid or no fun “it’s just because they’re jealous of you, honey.” lol

      It’s a reach, but I get it. I don’t like the example of the cart and his kid (if it really happened and who cares) but I get it and do agree that often ADULTS who snipe at others’ dreams could be quite jealous. πŸ™‚

      • Shawn
        Posted at 14:47h, 03 April Reply

        Yeah, it would be one thing if Jon told his kids they weren’t allowed to ride on the carts, and then he did and, THAT made them jealous. But if its just that he decided to and they didn’t, I see no reason for jealousy.

  • Nadine
    Posted at 15:52h, 03 April Reply

    This makes sense. Often the people I most want to critique are the ones doing the things I’m too scared to do but really want to try.

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