Some thrive on it. Others try to avoid it all together. In life, I like to think it’s a good thing. You should do your own jam, puting your unique spin on a job, task, project, or whatever you’re working on. But it is good to competitively benchmark now and then. Look over your shoulder. Find a better painting. Read a superior book. Run faster. Year’s ago, I had a teacher give me this quote on the lion and the gazelle (I found it in a drawer this week, this post is so I don’t lose it):
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” Christopher McDougall
If you don’t have the competitive fire, dip your toe in the water. Invent an adversary. Remember, there are always those who take it to the next level. Two companies. Space X. Blue Origin. Each pushing the other in the space race. It doesn’t matter who wins. I’m just glad we’re talking about the moon again.