For most of us, we are born well, equipped with everything we need to live a life of vitality. As we navigate life we start looking at how other people solve their problems and sometimes adopt their methods. Never mind figuring it out on our own. We become copy cats of our environments. Most of the time it works out okay. Sometimes it does not.
In our express desire to be on top, feel on top, remain on top we take short cuts. When we measure that "top" feeling from the outside through what we have acquired from the world (money, job, status, education, house, jewels, stock, celebrity), we never completely achieve course correction. Why is that? Because someone else we measure our "top" against will always have more. That's why.
When we course correct by looking at our "top" from the inside via humility, gratitude, acceptance, thankfulness, tolerance, and peace of mind, then we are always topped off. It becomes really hard to steal the joy that feeling brings. Simply by drawing on the same qualities we were born with.