If your story does not touch the emotions of your reader in some way, it will not last. In order for this to happen, it has to be important, emotionally, to you. Here’s a great post about how to make that happen.
If you have ever been filled with envy, join the club. It is wretched. It’s one of the seven deadly sins, I guess, and you don’t have to wait for hell to feel its sting. Here’s an honest blog post from a new literary agent about dealing with that nasty emotion.