Question: How can we turn envy into a force that helps us advance and not a force that hinders us?
Answer: It is better to feel envy towards the group than towards an individual. I don’t need to envy someone personally because he advances successfully and because I feel that I lag behind compared to him.
Envy should be with regard to the group, with regard to how united they are, how strongly connected they are, while I am not. I have to constantly evoke this feeling in me. This is very good envy.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/14, Questions and Answers with Dr. Laitman