Have you ever questioned the idea of competition? How beneficial it can be in producing more motivated and hard-working people? Believed it was the best way to learn discipline? Or are you on the other end of the spectrum? Believing competition causes people to feel the pain of loss and not work hard if they consistently lose or get knocked down?
I tend to side with the former, a true believer in healthy competition starting at a young age. We can see this in various examples across major sports and athletics. Venus and Serena dominating the Tennis scene on a national stage for the last decade, Peyton Manning and Eli playing in three of the last six Super Bowls (winning three as well). Now this year we have the Harbaugh brothers. Differentiating in years by less than three, growing up in the same household sharing a love of one of the few American pastime, football. As siblings do they picked on each other, most likely wrestled in the family room to their mothers chagrin, and competing. Competition for them was common place, in every sport, on every team, everywhere. From that competition I think we find the root of success. My idea is that success comes from the motivation of the chase; the chase to be the best. If a child is never challenged, never defeated, never told they are wrong or that they lost, then how will they learn to discuss, to argue, to feel the need to be more knowledgeable or work harder? I can’t answer that, but if somebody is consistently taught to work hard, to stay motivated because the feeling of winning, and the drive to feel that feeling on a constant basis, then I have a strong belief they can and will be successful. Siblings often challenge each other, and in this case they have met at the peak of America’s television ratings, with all eyes on them, to try their hand in being the best, the same way they squared off in front of mom’s china cabinet all those times before bed as children. I find it enthusiastic, intriguing, and to say the least a testament to the true advantages of competition.
Here is a link to a site that promotes the view of competition, and if anybody is interested in discussing this topic with me I’d be glad to do so!
Enjoy the game!