Competition seems to be all about winning at the expense of others in our society.
And I think there might be 2 main ways we could go about doing this.
- You could compete by suppressing your competition and ensuring that each of them does not have a chance against you. Kill the competition even before they have a chance to get to you.
- You could compete by focusing within, ensuring that the work you do improve every single day. Serving the people you serve – your customers – better and better.
You might have quicker wins if you choose the first way. But is it the right thing to do? Ethical? Moral?
Even if it is, will it help you win in the long run? Because sooner or later, you are likely to face an underdog that will come straight at your Achilles heel from your blind side. Will you have time to react then?
But the second way is slow. There is no guarantee of winning. But if and when you do win, it could be worth it. Everyone will say that you won because of your own effort. Because you deserve it.
If you do have to compete, do you have the courage to choose the second way?