for a variation, and perhaps inspiration of the story, see "Man in the Arena"
The story of "Crabs in a Bucket"...
yeah...it's not like I just invented the saying, it's been around for a while.
Well, here's a whole lot of info on "crabs in a bucket"...
"Rescue from being a crab in a bucket": http://www.crabbucketrescue.com/crabbuckets.htm
"Chicken soup for the soul"-type story about crabs in a bucket:
Hawaiian "crabs in a bucket":
urban dictionary's take:
P.S. - don't let life get you down, find a fun and enriching way to get out of the bucket!