If it was possible for one man to move towards greatness, it was possible for everybody. Nothing hurts the small man more than seeing a great man in his vicinity, or a small man trying to move towards greatness. It’s an utter insult.
The moment even one person defies smallness and moves towards greatness unreasonably, there is commotion in the crowd of the small ones. They feel humiliated. Not only do they not love you, they are actually actively vicious towards you.