I believe in the power of words (surprise I’m a writer!) We all tend to throw a lot of words around about life, but sometimes we seem to forget their full meaning. Each Thursday, I like to look at the words we use and examine what their meaning really is. All definitions are provided by our dear, omniscient friend Google.
Verb: Strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others who are trying to do the same.
Synonyms: vie – rival – contend – contest – emulate
Some people abhor the idea of competition. Some people select themselves out of it whenever possible. They find it barbaric, intimidating, or impolite.
I am not one of those people.
I love it. I live it. I breathe it. I love an adversary. I love being pushed by someone else.
I think you should prepare yourself to compete.
To compete is to strive. Competition pushes everyone vying for the goal to greater heights. It makes different people consider different approaches, approaches they wouldn’t have taken themselves. And it keeps people motivated, alert, and engaged – because to not be so gives your competitor an advantage.
Maybe you still don’t see the beauty in competition. That’s fine. But you should see the necessity. Because, however you define success, there is likely a limited number of slots available for it. And that means there’s somebody willing to compete, somebody like me, who will go and get it.
Don’t acquiesce. Vie, contest, and contend! It’s your future. Fight for it.
– John Murdock, The Young Professional
It makes you both better. You have to calculate for their thoughts. You think of things you wouldn’t have otherwise. You make yourself better than you would have otherwise.
I say, welcome competition. You’ll be better for it. If you lose, get back up and apply the lessons you learned.