There's an interesting phenomenon I sometimes encounter in the SCA - and in the mundane world as well - wherein the idea of self-satisfaction has been completely removed from the individual and placed upon others. This sometimes plays off mildly with moments of cranky and sometimes seems to lead to intense dissatisfaction with almost everything.
There are two key facets to this I've been contemplating. The first is that someone else doing something they enjoy does not reduce or depreciate the thing you enjoy. We all have vastly different interests and its important that we give ourselves - and our populace - the opportunity to pursue those interests. Events do better when they are open to any number of those interests and offer activities that hit more than one area. We've seen this again and again with "specific" events that cater to only one subsection which then do substantially better if other interest areas are pulled in in various ways (Art Sci and Scots Welsh being combined, for example.) Not only does this offer more people a chance to be involved, but it does not in any way depreciate whatever the original focus was. Essentially, just because everyone is not enjoying the exact same experience or moment doesn't make anyone's choices invalid.
The second facet is the nasty habit of comparing our own work or progress to others. This is, admittedly, human nature, but it leads to all sorts of dissatisfaction. I'm not speaking of competitions here - that tends to be another kettle of fish - but the general self assessessment of your work and worth compared to others. This is so hard to stop - I still struggle with as do many Laurels I suppose - but its vital to actually being happy with yourself. Instead of going "that person is a better scribe" try focusing on "I did so much better on this scroll than the last." Variations in style alone mean that comparing one person's work to another is difficult at best.
It's possible - likely even - that we are *all* good scribes or artists and are all learning and none of us need to decide who is better than the other. We can all belong to the artistic community without needing to best our fellows or continually compare ourselves to their speed, ability, or progress. Work for you. Work to improve and enjoy your art. The rest comes out in the wash.