Competition. Good for us, according to the free-market system. Bad for us, according to the people who want to stamp out sports days in schools around the country. Take a peek inside the boardroom of BBC One's The Apprentice, and you'll see friends and team-mates suddenly turn on each other in a bid to survive a sacking. Sitting silent in the boardroom, or worse, admitting that you've messed up a task, would be the same as booking your taxi ride off the show.
Wanting to win - no matter what - is clearly seen as A Good Thing in these candidates vying for a six-figure job as Sir Alan Sugar's apprentice. Is competitiveness the trait that marks out successful people, more than intelligence, talent or all-round ability? So, on to the starting blocks for this week's Talking Point - we want to know:
What do you think of competitiveness - is it good or bad?
What's the most competitive thing you've ever done?
What the most competitive act you've ever come across yourself?
Would you ever enter a talent show, or reality game show like I'd Do Anything or The Apprentice?
Do you think competitiveness is affected by your place in the family? Are younger children more competitive than eldest children?
Why are some parents so competitive for their children?
Have you ever come across a 'pushy parent'?
Is competitiveness encouraged in British society or not?
What's the stupidest competition, dare or bet you've ever been involved in?