Quotes for
the Journey:

Competition

   
You were placed on this earth
to create, not to compete.

Robert Anthony

   

You are to become a creator, not a competitor, you are going to get what you want, but in such a way that when you get it every other person will have more than he or she has now.      -Wallace D. Wattles

   

There is competition, but it is used in a good way. It is positive to want to go first, provided the intention is to pave the way for others, make their path more easy, help them, or show the way. Competition is negative when we wish to defeat others, to bring them down in order to lift ourselves up.      -The Dalai Lama

   
Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal.  A creative person is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.     -Ayn Rand
   

The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting in above-average effort.     -Colin Powell

   
Life is not a competition with others. In its truest sense it is rivalry with ourselves. We should each day seek to break the record of our yesterday. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair past follies; each day to surpass ourselves. This is, simply, progress.     -C. Smith Sumner
    
Life is a competition not with others, but with ourselves. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair a mistake; each day to surpass ourselves.     -David B. Haight (We do note the similarities between this and the previous quote, but we're not sure who actually said it first!)

    
The experience of competition can be a positive force in our lives.  In fact, it can be a necessary part of the continuing progress, improvements, and vigor of our social and economic development.  On a personal level, competing with another in sports or business can provide you with an opportunity to sharpen and expand your skills.  In addition, it often brings into focus those areas that need further development.  You can gather a tremendous amount of experience and useful information quickly either by engaging in competition or observing others competing.
  The problem lies not in competition but in our attitude toward whatever we're doing.  So often we tend to measure ourselves and our self-worth by how well we do against our opponents.  If we lose the game, we may believe we're losers.  If we come in second, we could feel we're second-rate.  It's important to remember that productive competition with another can serve as a yardstick that measures our performance, not our value as a person.      -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
   
Donít ever let anyone tell you that something is too competitive.  Once you subtract the people who donít work very hard, or the people who arenít as good as you, your competition shrinks dramatically.      -Maggie Mason
   
Competition affects all our lives--whether you think you're winning or losing.  Hard times make us tighten up a little in terms of competition.  We find ourselves keeping score, wondering who's got more and why.
   How do you see the world?  As a limited or unlimited pie?
   Sometimes you may view the world as a limited pie.  If anyone near you expands his or her piece of the pie, it takes away from yours.  It makes you fear other people's success.  How do you feel when a friend has a big success?  Happy for him or her?  Or does your stomach tighten?
   Actually, most things are part of an unlimited pie.  If other people are successful you can be happy for them.  They expand outward from the center of the pie; there is no rim to stop them.  They don't take from you.
   Competition affects every day of your life.  Other people are either friends who offer support, or possible competitors who threaten your score.      -Jennifer James, Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
   
So many times people are afraid of competition, when it should bring out the best in us. We all have talents and abilities, so why be intimidated by other people's skills?      -Lou Holtz
   
To be true, I must fully accept that at this moment, I can only be what I am . . . no more, no less; however, with the inevitable passing of each moment of time, I will gradually, but surely change . . . to become more or less, better or worse, stronger or weaker. My choice is the direction of change: it is mine alone. The only true competition is this rivalry with my changing self. It is the very basis of the grand eternal plan.       -C. Smith Sumner
  
Competition is a sin.       -John D. Rockefeller
   
Competition is easier to accept if you realize it is not an act of oppression or abrasion - I've worked with my best friends in direct competition.       -Diane Sawyer
    
Competition creates better products, alliances create better companies.      -Brian Graham
   
A competitive world offers two possibilities. You can lose.  Or, if you want to win, you can change.      -unattributed
   
When one can do better than everyone else in the same walk, one does not make any very painful exertions to outdo oneself.  The progress of improvement ceases nearly at the point where competition ends.      -William Hazlitt, Characteristics
   

   
Competition was as much as respecting your opponent's work as introspecting on your own.      -Faraaz Kazi, Truly, Madly, Deeply
  
Even in the face of massive competition, donít think about the competition.  Literally donít think about them.  Every time youíre in a meeting and youíre tempted to talk about a competitor, replace that thought with one about user feedback or surveys.  Just think about the customer.      -Mike McCue

    

I make us better by competing with you.      -Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

    
Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us.      -Gil Atkinson
  

   
Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.      -Franklin D. Roosevelt
   
Competition doesn't create character; it exposes it.      -unattributed
   
Take someone who doesn't keep score, who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his or her own personality: that person is free.      -Rumi
  
    
Competition, founded upon the conflicting interests of individuals, is in reality far less productive of wealth and enterprise than co-operation, involving though it does the constant apparent sacrifice of the individual to the common interests.      -Robert Hugh Benson, A City Set on a Hill
   
The only competition worthy of a wise person is with him- or herself.      -Washington Allston, Memoirs and Essays
    
Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.      -Jiddu Krishnamurti
   

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