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How do you compete?

2014-06-29 13:40 (comments: 0)

Do you enjoy winning? Do you like being better than others and being first?

If you do, it's really interesting to ask yourself honestly whether you tend to be a friendly or an unfriendly competitor.

Where is the difference?

If you happen to love challenge and enjoy competing with others, then you are competition-oriented.

If you are a friendly competitor, you compare yourself to somebody and better yourself as a result of the comparison. When you win, you are happy and you celebrate, but you do the same if the other person wins, too. You are proud to have competed against such strong and formidable opponent and you celebrate the experience and the opportunity to learn from somebody better than yourself.

If you are an unfriendly competitor, you give everything to defeat the other. If you lose, you are annoyed or even rude to the winner. For you, it’s about dominating the other and if you don't it is pure losing.

Perhaps you believe that you belong to the first type, and perhaps you do, at least in most cases.
However, I often witness how quickly this can change. You start maybe in a friendly way and suddenly it changes. It is not about competing and learning from the process but about being right or winning.

I invite you this week to observe how often you can spot friendly or unfriendly competitions ... also when you watch soccer!
How often do you celebrate with and for somebody and how often do you act against others?

 

Quotes

I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. In fact, there are so few people this crazy that I feel like I know them all by first name.

Larry Page

 

Good coaches teach respect for the opposition, love of competition, the value of trying your best, and how to win and lose graciously.

Brooks Clark

 

I believe in courtesy, in kindness, in generosity, in good cheer, in friendship and in honest competition. I believe there is something doing somewhere, for every man ready to do it. I believe I'm ready, RIGHT NOW.

Elbert Hubbard

 

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