Have you ever felt like the competition is on. You are in the race of life. You have to win and be the best and there’s just enough room for a few selected people at the top.
Well, I felt like that most of the time growing up. When the teacher announced the best student in class. When someone got a shout out for being the best at something. Later on at work the competition became a real thing. People were competing at being the best. Elbowing each other - basically everyone that they felt were an opponent. Trust grew smaller. You never knew who to help out or what to say to whom. They could steal your work, claim it for themselves and get ahead.
I never understood that game. Well, I never cared for it really. I always spoke my ideas out loud and bounced them off of people for sparring and making them more solid. For I truly believed (as I do today) that more minds are greater than one. A few times my bosses took my ideas as their own and ran with it. Never did I feel like I lost. I felt more empowered knowing that it came from me. That I possessed the capacity to be creative - come up with really good stuff that actually worked and was applicable.
Where is the competition really. What does this way of competing make us do and how does it make people behave towards each other. Why do we have to see it as competition and not as a community - where we all benefit from a good idea. If there wasn’t such a thing as one person at the top, would people voice their ideas more often? If we weren’t afraid of failing or not being the best - would we try things more frequently?
My opinion is that the game looses its charm when competing against other human beings. Either the ego gets a boost or gets slammed. Either you get a good sense of self or a bad one. But did you actually fail when not being the best. Was that really the goal. Being the best? Or are you just as good not being the best but just having a point of view. An idea. A different way of thinking and seeing stuff - the ability to be creative and think for yourself. Whatever didn’t work somewhere doesn’t necessarily make an idea less good. It’s the same as the rest. It just did’t get picked.
Maybe this ended up being just a bunch of questions rather than answers. My point is. Theres is no best. The is no worst. There is no competition - just a hell of a lot of different ways.