You may not know it, but I am a very competitive person…always have been. Between my parents always pushing me to be better, and playing every sport I could, the competitive spirit became instilled in me.
Competition is a good thing as long as you keep it within reason and you keep it respectful.
Many place a lot of focus on collaboration. Consistently help others and it will pay off in the long run.
This positive mentality is a great one but are we afraid to challenge each other? Afraid to challenge ourselves?
When someone launches a new product, do you just say “wow what a great job!” or do you think about how it could be done better? While the former will make the person feel better, the latter will contribute to the growth of the the idea.
Of course, like everything else, you have to find that middle ground. You don’t want to be overly competitive and you don’t want to put too much focus on collaboration.
You can collaborate, communicate and be respectful while being competitive.
I think we all have the competitive aspect in us. Some just refuse to admit it. When you see someone accomplish goals that are similar to goals you’ve set for yourself, you probably get a little jealous. You probably want to enjoy the same accomplishments. You probably feel competitive.
Embrace your competitive side. Competition provides motivation. It pushes you to become better. It pushes others to become better.
…and if someone gives you a hard time for being respectfully competitive, they don’t want you to succeed.