Is it good to be competitive in today's world?
I am bringing this up as there has been a lot of discussion of late that has been evolving over the years that it is better just to “feel good” instead.
Somewhere along the way the phrase and subject of being competitive got twisted to mean something bad or just not nice or a good thing to do.
I always saw being competitive as a very positive thing.
If you, yourself got a little big-headed, I always thought that it was healthy to have someone come along and give you a run for your money.
I have seen this with myself and with others, that when that happens, your bar has just been raised by another, so now you push yourself to higher limits than you had before.
And if this had not taken place, you would have just sat back on your laurels and been quite self-satisfied; while not really making the headway that you were capable of!
I am not now talking about dangerous limits for unhealthy things. Yes, one could see how many hotdogs they could eat in one sitting or how many shots of tequila or other liquor they could down, like how the female character Marion did in the one scene of the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with Harrison Ford.
Maybe there are people who can go to extremes like that with no dire consequences, but what does it prove? And how sick is the normal person who tries it?
And then of course there is always the usual fatal drag racing competition. The very famous Jan & Dean song, “Dead Man's Curve” details exactly the foolishness of that.
So, if it is not dangerous or unhealthy, should one settle for just feeling good?
If so, then that means, for instance, there would be no Academy Awards. That people just made pictures and felt good for doing them. That would be the same for the music awards and everything else.
Where would hit TV shows like “The Voice” and “American Idol” be today without their competition?
Certainly, you would not expect the same high-level of competition in pee-wee softball as you would in professional baseball. But that does not mean we have to throw out the whole idea of competition altogether or change its meaning so drastically that what you are doing now does not even resemble the word any longer.
If you go back to the true meaning of the word, it just states that it is to strive to be more successful than, and that is all.
The derivation of the word is even more meaningful. This is from the Collins dictionary: Word Origin 17th Century: from Late Latin competere to strive together, from Latin: to meet, come together, agree, from com-together + petere to seek
dr formulated dog supplement in powder form summary, if one likes to be successful, they usually invite and are not afraid of competition. It provides a game for them to reach their full potential and this is much better than no game at all.
So, Competition is not bad. In my opinion, it is a very healthy thing indeed!