Competitive: To Be Or NOT To Be

Hands down, the answer to this question is absolutely unanimous. I mean seriously you’re reading this RIGHT NOW because of the fact that competition exists. The whole basis of human creation is based on the males (and their man juice) to be competitive when courting a lady. Not to mention the actual act of conception where the aforementioned man juice fights to be the one to relocate and well, the rest is history.

So why do people avoid competition? Why are so many people afraid of bumping heads with someone? To tell you the truth, social norms have led us to stop pushing each other in lieu of cooperation. Which, in itself, is not a bad thing, but often times what happens is that one side tends to slack off or in some cases, take advantage.

We can all recall a time when you were working with someone and all of a sudden they weren’t pulling their own weight. They would make excuses for poor performance or simply settle for a mediocre result. If you can’t think of a time, then you might be that other person.

I digress…

What I’m saying here is that although fighting is not always necessarily good, competition is something that we all experience in everyday life. Don’t fool yourself, every single one of use NEEDS TO be competitive in some way or another. There are limited resources, but if we compete, (rather than fight) the likelihood that we will innovate is inevitable.

So those of you that think we don’t need to be competitive. I think you need to wake up because the world around you is a very competitive world. The best thing to do is to put your big boy/girl clothes on and compete. Because honestly, briznit, no one can exist without competition, even if it’s only competing against herself.

Jerry “compete, don’t fight” Washington

P.S. I just want to make something clear, I’m not advocating fighting. That’s something completely different. Even so, a good-natured debate or a test of wit and skill in something physical is not out of bounds. All I’m getting at here is that you should never allow yourself to live the status quo your whole life. Yes, there are times when it’s useful but for the most part, I think it is important to navigate where you need to diverge from the path and carve your own trail. Talk soon…

The Best Around

So over in my daily emails, (subscribe here) I was talking about this kid I used to coach in cross country and how everyone saw him as a hero.

 

You’ll have to excuse me today, because this one may come off a little strange because I’m just going to continue the story where I left off in my daily email. Again, if you want to see how the beginning goes, you gotta subscribe.

 

So Jon, this little kid that everyone liked was not liked because he was so nice or people saw the potential for him to be great. Jon was liked because he was not there to compete.

 

I mean yes he was there to compete, but not with everyone else. He already knew after his for career race after the second to last place guy beat him by almost 10 minutes. But what set him apart and why everyone loved him is because he was there to compete against himself.

 

While everyone was there to compete against each other. It was clear that Jon was there simply to race against his time from last week.

 

So short story even shorter, the best way to be a hero is to know why you go out every day to compete. No, it shouldn’t be for medals or for bragging rights.

 

The way to become and remain a hero is to fight for a cause a legitimate cause that a lot of people can get behind and that nothing and no one can ever divert you from.

 

What is your cause? What makes you a hero? Ask yourself, “why”?

 

Jerry “short and sweet” Washington

P.S. You’ll have to forgive me, I actually had writer’s block and just really ran outta time there. This P.S. is a little later, but I think it’s just as important for us to think about writer’s block and why it happens. I’ll share with you, my theory tomorrow. Check in to discover what you can do to stop missing out on all those opportunities for success.  Talk soon…