There are many who live by the Groucho Marx quote:
“I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”
The principle here is that you should always be “reaching” for something better, exclusive clubs.
This makes sense in some contexts but, like most popular quotes, is horrible advice in many contexts.
The principle underlying the execution of the idea is constant comparison.
“Is associating with them going to make me look better?”
And, the issue with this is that we are always trying to find the next thing. That, in turn, means we will never stop to appreciate what we have.
My counter point to the Groucho Marx quote would be:
“Look around, become aware of all the clubs that have accepted you [when they did not really need to] and make your acceptance count.”
Life is better when we commit to what we have and stop comparing.
Better clubs will open their door for us when we do things of value, when we do work that matters.
I think it is just important to realise that them opening their doors does not just make us better. At that point, it makes them better too.
And, more than ever, it is those who took a chance on you when you got started who deserve all the credit in the world.