were placed on this earth
to create, not to compete.
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
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
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
healthiest competition occurs when average people win by
putting in above-average effort.
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.
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!)
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
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
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
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
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.
James, Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
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
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
is a sin. -John D. Rockefeller
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
creates better products, alliances create better companies.
competitive world offers two possibilities. You can lose.
Or, if you want to win, you can
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
was as much as respecting your opponent's work as introspecting on
your own. -Faraaz Kazi, Truly,
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
God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo
our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to
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
doesn't create character; it exposes it.
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.
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
only competition worthy of a wise person is with him- or herself.
-Washington Allston, Memoirs and Essays
learning comes about when the competitive spirit has
ceased. -Jiddu Krishnamurti
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