Competition Is a Curse

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Competitive thought is a curse since the only competition is in your own mind. Nothing works against you except your own destructive thoughts.

The illusion in team events is that you're going against someone or something but the elites - the Michael Jordans in basketball, the Wayne Gretzkys in hockey - were elites because they realized *they* were their only competition.

What's your take on competitive verses creative thought?
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  • Profile picture of the author subse7en
    Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

    Competitive thought is a curse since the only competition is in your own mind. Nothing works against you except your own destructive thoughts.

    The illusion in team events is that you're going against someone or something but the elites - the Michael Jordans in basketball, the Wayne Gretzkys in hockey - were elites because they realized *they* were their only competition.

    What's your take on competitive verses creative thought?
    Hey Ryan, I had been wanting to ask you about "creation" vs "competition" for awhile now, as I remember you brought the concept up in regards to what Dr. Wallace D. Wattle's said in his book, "The Science of Getting Rich"...

    As far as "SEO" and building backlinks is concerned, how could we solely be a "creator" without being a "competitor" and taking the top spots in the search engines, bro'? Please help me to understand how the concept of being a "creator" would help those of us out who are trying to rank in Google...

    THANKS!
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi subse7en

    What brings you to the top of google? Your creative ideas, which have nothing to do with anybody else in your niche. You may pick up ideas from others but it's your unique twist on these plans which create the most effective results. What they do has nothing to do with what you do, IF you're creative enough and pay your co-creators no mind.

    You control your thoughts, and each of these thoughts can be tension-free, creative and innovative ideas which never focus on beating anybody else. Since there's no shortage of anything - we deal with Invisible Supply - how can you be "against" anyone?

    I hope that this helps.

    RB
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  • Profile picture of the author rockstaradi
    How very true Ryan! I really liked your viewpoint about competition and I too share almost the same idea as you do. Nice to have found such a great thinker on WarriorForum
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Originally Posted by rockstaradi View Post

      How very true Ryan! I really liked your viewpoint about competition and I too share almost the same idea as you do. Nice to have found such a great thinker on WarriorForum
      Thanks Buddy

      Most replies on this thread are focused on judging according to appearances. Sure, it *looks* like competition exists, appearances can be deceiving. However, the individual is the only force going against themselves. You are not going "against" anything, unless you choose to. Tough concept to accept in this appearance-driven world.

      Have a good one

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      • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
        Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

        Thanks Buddy

        Most replies on this thread are focused on judging according to appearances. Sure, it *looks* like competition exists, appearances can be deceiving. However, the individual is the only force going against themselves. You are not going "against" anything, unless you choose to. Tough concept to accept in this appearance-driven world.

        Have a good one

        RB
        So if we acknowledge the fact that competition exists, we are being deceived by appearances, or "judging according to" them?

        Sorry, I know you're trying to make a point about mindset, but your argument that competition doesn't exist except against oneself, flies in the face of facts-in fact doesn't seem to be an argument so much as a declaration against overwhelming evidence. Branding the facts of competition, "appearances" doesn't make them less real.

        Stating that you are your only competition doesn't make it so, except in your own mind, and a quick review of the facts shows that it is obviously not the case in business. If I want to go from zero to ranking first for a keyword, someone else's listing has to get knocked off-not only in appearance-in reality. The real dollars my site takes away from the site I knocked off are more than "appearances".

        If there is no serious competition, I would be foolish to waste my time trying to "compete with myself", since I can dominate page one with little effort, and would be better off focusing on other skills that make more difference to my bottom line.

        I agree with a part of what you seem to be driving at-that it's better to concentrate on improving yourself, than get freaked out about your opponents, but declaring that there is no such thing as competition (other than yourself), is overstating the case to the point of absurdity.

        Just my 2 cents.
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        • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
          Originally Posted by Greg guitar View Post

          So if we acknowledge the fact that competition exists, we are being deceived by appearances, or "judging according to" them?

          Sorry, I know you're trying to make a point about mindset, but your argument that competition doesn't exist except against oneself, flies in the face of facts-in fact doesn't seem to be an argument so much as a declaration against overwhelming evidence. Branding the facts of competition, "appearances" doesn't make them less real.

          Stating that you are your only competition doesn't make it so, except in your own mind, and a quick review of the facts shows that it is obviously not the case in business. If I want to go from zero to ranking first for a keyword, someone else's listing has to get knocked off-not only in appearance-in reality. The real dollars my site takes away from the site I knocked off are more than "appearances".

          If there is no serious competition, I would be foolish to waste my time trying to "compete with myself", since I can dominate page one with little effort, and would be better off focusing on other skills that make more difference to my bottom line.

          I agree with a part of what you seem to be driving at-that it's better to concentrate on improving yourself, than get freaked out about your opponents, but declaring that there is no such thing as competition (other than yourself), is overstating the case to the point of absurdity.

          Just my 2 cents.
          Competition simply exists as an idea in your mind. Fight for it, its yours. Release the idea and it ceases to exist.

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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    I don't think that competition is a curse. The fact is that it really exists. Then the truth is that you can overcome it.

    Hey, I forgot to add that it may be a curse if you accept that you can't overcome it.
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      I would say a "thank you" because competition exists. The world would lose fun and joy without it.

      Think of it, would you want to run the only single yatch business in the world? I would get bored of it probably for 100,000 obvious reasons, and I guess eventually your customers would get bored too because of lack of options.

      Thank goodness I have competition. If nothing, time, youth and life are my biggest friends because in a way they are my biggest competitors.
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    • Profile picture of the author eagle1776
      I partly agree....

      You must always learn more and improve more on your own and to make yourself better -- striving to become more productive.

      However, there is competition that exist outside of yourself. Realizing this, and knowing that others are trying to best you, is motivation. The greats never wanted to be second best and they always thought that they could do better. They knew there were two types of competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
    I think I get what you're driving at: the greatest challenge is self-improvement, regardless of what your "competitors" are doing. The element of competition shouldn't distract you from achieving your most important goal-that of improving, win or lose.

    If you're already the fastest runner by far, winning a marathon might disappoint you if you didn't improve your own time, whereas the last-place runner might be delighted, because they cut 20 seconds off their own previous record.

    But I wouldn't agree with calling competition a curse, or denying it exists between people-apparently it's a part of being human. In other words, as social animals, we love to imitate each other, and see if we can do things "better" than other people who try. We all like and want attention, and other people find it immensely entertaining to compare one person to another as fans-hence competing at a high level gets you a ton of what we all want.

    The key question in my mind is whether your attitude makes competition an asset or a curse. I think many people find it a curse some or all of the time, to the degree that they feel out of their depth, possibly too intimidated to go up against someone they think (perhaps correctly), will "have them for lunch". In my opinion, we should all embrace the concept that "getting your as* kicked" is one of the most exhilarating experiences available, since you get much more self-improvement out of the experience than you would by kicking someone else's as*.

    If there is too much difference in ability/talent/assets, we find great value in dividing any competitive field into "leagues", with people competing with others of a similar skill level, or size, or whatever; rather than the Cosmo Kramer approach: EG-when he dove into the world of martial arts, and quickly became a force to be reckoned with-because he was beating up 10 year olds.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrettQ
    Greg pretty much nailed it.

    Competition can either make people focus and work harder, or distract them from what's really important. It's all about framing your goals correctly and working on them.

    -Brett
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  • Profile picture of the author mikey22
    I think a healthy outlook on competition is needed, but i definitely think competition is real, but we need to focus on improving our self more than focusing on the competition
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  • Profile picture of the author fayehines
    Exactly, I don't believe in competition because the reality is that you can only improve your life when you decide to compete against self. Negative, jealous, angry self must be conquered.
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  • Profile picture of the author JenniferNavi
    Competition made us the strong, better people that we are today. We had to compete to survive.. without it we would still be pillaging and eating salad every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    "Since there's no shortage of anything...."
    Exactly, ryan. The greatest illusion of the "appearance-driven world" is that this is a Zero Sum universe. (In order for me to win, someone else must lost. In order for me to increase, someone else must diminish.) It is not a Zero Sum universe. It is precisely because of Creativity that many can win and rise to the top.
    The best value of competition is that which comes from outside. It hones us, expands us, forces us to improve, ideally through our own Integrity, Creativity and Vision of Excellence.
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