Why competition is bad

In ancient times, the rules of nature were easy. If you didn’t compete for food, shelter or women, you would die. We still compete for those things, but the competition actually makes us weaker.

When we compete, two negative things can happen.

  1. We start imitating the competition
  2. We focus too much on our competitor, instead of our business

In our personal lives, we often imitate our competitors. We all compete on some level with colleagues, friends, and family. This will make you lose your identity and dignity. True power comes from within. Don’t compete with others. You don’t have to have a better car.

You can also apply this to business. When Microsoft and Google were focussing on each other, Apple became the biggest tech company in the world.

Competition is bad. Focus on the value that you add, not on how much better you are compared to someone else.

“Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don’t support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.”
– James Altucher

1 comment

  1. we need define what competition is in this article, first.
    Competition isn’t actually about mimicking others …its exactly not that- its marketeers and some corp training houses that drive the message that competition is about this mimicking – at the elite level in sport do you see a swimmer in his or her lane looking at their competitor trying to mimick their movements patterns – NO! in fact if they did they would lose focus on their own style and system and they would NOT compete at their best- instead they race their own race and compete to their best – having the other person in the next lane merely serves a positive to push harder to try catch the other swimmer – competition is about having the other person there to “chase” because if they were not there one would not push themselves as hard- its a psychological phenomenon…if the other gets to line first then on the day they won, were better or have their own system better developed….you thank them for being there because if they weren’t you wouldn’t have pushed as hard. Perhaps hard to follow and a different view of competition – so I disagree with much in this article because it hasn’t the true definition of comp

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