Since I talked about the pros and cons of comfort zones in the last episodic musing, I figure it’d only be right to have an appropriate follow up. This one’s for the millenials. Hell, this one’s for everyone. Let’s get started.
Musings Episode 80: Competition…
So, last episodic musing you figured out there are some pros to comfort zones…along with understanding how to harness them during transitions you may have going on in other aspects of your life.
But there’s something else you’ve got to think about – competition – and I don’t mean in the conventional sense.
In other words, technically, no one is your competition.
The only person you’re ever really in competition with is yourself.
“Standing on the shoulders of giants; climbing the corporate ladder,” these cliche sayings are unnecessary.
It’s unnecessary to step on other people’s toes in order to get ahead – or their shoulders for that matter.
There are people that exist that may tell you there’s not enough caviar to go around – that there’s not enough pie to share and you’ve got to focus on grabbing your piece before anyone else – but it’s just not true.
What society has been feeding people is a message of lack.
Lack fuels panic.
Lack fuels anxiety.
Lack fuels BAD selfishness (there is such a thing as good selfishness).
There is no such thing as lack.
There are such things, as assholes though. Selfish, greedy, assholes, that often like to take shortcuts. The quick success. The quick buck. The quick fuck. The flash car. The fancy title. The big house. Quick quick quick. Instant gratification, at the sacrifice of others.
There’s no such thing as sacrifice.
Sacrifice seems to be built up these days as a glorious thing to do – but essentially when you strip it down, it’s two things: either giving up something you already love for something else you love, or feeling you have to crush others to get where you want to go.
It’s a joke…and it doesn’t have to be so.
There is more corruption and greed laced into corporations and organisations today than there was almost 30 years ago, and I think this is being bred primarily from this “lack” thought process.
This all ties in with competition.
People have been led to believe the guy next to them in an interview room is their competition.
But really, it’s not about competing with anybody – not even yourself.
It’s about building a better version of YOU.
Constantly working on being yourself, improving yourself, becoming a better person than you were yesterday.
When you focus on this, you end up being too busy to look at what other people are doing.
You develop tunnel vision. You seek your own finish line – rather than trying to race someone to theirs.
You end up becoming such a fantastic version of yourself, you don’t worry about the guy next to you, because you know you have something to bring to the table that’s unique to YOU.
Forget about being a carbon copy.
You know you have something to contribute to the world.
You know you have something that you can leave your mark with.
You know YOU – something that when the last company falls, and the last pound, euro, or dollar is spent, no one can take away from you – the art of self-improvement.
The other main thing to remember is, is that this is the single most important thing to remind yourself of everyday.
Because there are people out there who will try and tell you that you’re no good. That someone’s better than you. Hell, there are people that will try and tell you that you’re overqualified, and credit that as a logical reason for still not giving you what you want.
What you have to understand is, is that their opinion has nothing to do with you.
Because the same way you’ve been taught that there is lack, that there is competition, they may very well be approaching you with the same thought process.
But all that matters is what you want to do with your own life.
They do not have the right to tell you what to do with your life.
This is largely why I think unemployment is becoming greater.
That mindset, that lacking, competitive, insecure, fearful, selfish mindset has the potential (and often does) to bleed into people’s professional lives, the potential to create a loop.
Recruiters ego’s become enlarged, the power they’ve been given can make them feel like gods, determining someone’s short or long-term financial future at the click of a button.
The lack is false – it’s simply misplaced power with zero social responsibility.
The surging increase in idiocy, of this thing called “human resources” is insane. Do not heed to it.
The only person to compete against, the only person to improve, is yesterday’s version of yourself. Other people are only a reference point – and if you’re going to have a reference point, let it be someone positive – someone successful, someone REAL.
But at the end of the day, if you’re putting in the work, you’ll know where you rank – and if you’re not putting in the work, you’ll know that too. The guilt of not making a better version of yourself will eat at your gut – your instincts will nag at you.
Work on yourself, work on what you love to do, then take a break. Analyse your progress. Change your angle if need be. Maintain this balance. Then do it all again.
But remember – there is no such thing, as competition.
There is only you, and how good you want to be at something.
Think about it.
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