Some people say that competition is bad for us, that it is not prevention and prevention. They say we should all be encouraged to reach our true potential in a calm and supportive environment. I agree that everyone should be encouraged to develop and grow to the best of their abilities and skills, but the fact is that we are not all equal in every area of life or talent. Diverse people, with manual, brain, artistic, athletic, quiet, vocal and personality skills. Different people learn in different ways and strange competitions can encourage and motivate people in their areas of competence.
Watch the kids play. When they run or ride a bike they naturally run around to get to first place. They try their best to win. And this is an important lesson in life. Not everyone can win, but continuing to try the hardest is important. We must learn to deal with the times when there is a lack of success, failure or rejection. These things happen in life and often they are not a personal injury, they are just a statement of fact. Sometimes we fail, do not want us for the job and are not invited to the party. Not winning is a part of life and we need to be able to deal with it and stay confident in ourselves and our abilities.
High jumps, long jumps, and discus throws are all examples of sports in which participants only know that they have reached their maximum potential when they fail to achieve their ultimate goal. They are constantly competing against themselves and others to improve and achieve better results. They remain motivated to do better and excel.
Achieving goals and competition raises the bar so that everyone can achieve the maximum. Not everyone can be a brain surgeon. Indeed, not everyone wants to be a brain surgeon, but people are needed who are willing to put in the effort and commitment to achieve the level of skill and dexterity. To be competitive, to want to succeed in exams and tests requires focus, commitment and effort. It provides goals, reason to work hard and excel. It provides motivation.
If competition is removed from a classroom situation there is a danger that the level of education will decrease to the lowest common denominator. The smart kids will often become unenthusiastic and uninspired. They may just get carried away and do enough, which is required to get by, unless they are highly, motivate people. They may even get bored and disturbed.
In a work environment competition often prevents people from achieving many better results. Even when there is no real reward, perhaps just the opportunity to present the winners of the reception as “Employee of the Month”, it can be enough to motivate the team to face each other, to put in extra effort and commitment. To gain the same improvement.
Competition can attract an entire family. If one of the family members is engaged in competitive doing, sports, music, etc., the whole family is often involved in various aspects of the project. Transportation, kit, costumes often requires effort from multiple sources and this common goal can unite a family. It provides a sense of purpose that the whole family can commit to. Then all achievements feel like a family achievement. The ultimate goal may have economic implications and benefits for everyone, but the path along the way requires effort and tireless commitment as a close support unit.
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