A Conversation for Talking Point: Competitiveness

A different take

Post 1

Mat

I only realised recently how competitive I am. I used to play football and rugby and competing on the field was very important. I have since noticed that I had become competitive in life too, trying to top other people's experiences or achievements. When a good friend reminded me of this it was a bit of an eye-opener and I have since taken a diferent attitude to things and accept the things people share with me without trying to out-do them.

I think Baz Luhrmann's song, Sunscreen makes a good point: "The race is long and in the end it's only with yourself."


A different take

Post 2

Bertie

Its interesting how often you see competetiveness take over completely from the object of the exercise.
Meetings where someone has to have their voice heard - driving ending up in road rage(perhaps that is something else?) a simple request ending up with a personal battle -
But this comes from school were "sportsmanship" was seen as something worthwhile but in reality was an excuse for those with more heft to excell, to act as an example to the others.
Funny how the "little nerd" who allways sat in the corner ended up with some really outstanding skills and knowledge which he learnt outside the system.
Perhaps the "system" encourages competetiveness as a means of control.
If you begin to anylise much of what is pushed at school its mostly from inside the box, trying to make us all fit.
It all works well if the system does, but if the system ever lets one down -----


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