The Long Term Competitor

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Edition 141 - April 4, 2021


Compete against yourself; at least in the long term.

In a world with 7.8 billion people, the best thing you can do is compete with yourself if you’re trying to go far.

Don’t fall into the trap of competing with others.

There is healthy competition against others in the short term, such as trying to win a push up contest or a basketball game where it’s fun to try to beat the other opponent; but then there is unhealthy competition against others in the long term where you are trying to beat others in the game of life which can create stress and anxiety from within that hinders you from becoming the best version of yourself.  

There is no way to beat 7.8 billion people or even just one other person in life because success is all relative. When you start to take this unhealthy position where you compare based on other people’s values and successes; it may make you feel good about yourself if you feel like you are winning, but when you feel like you are losing in comparison, it creates a depressing world within your mind which often creates enemies for yourself and others. 

In an infinite game where there are no winners or losers, such as the game of life, the only person you should compete with is yourself. 

A monk’s journey will be different from an entrepreneur’s journey. The successes will be relative. 

Everyone has their own story to tell, and everyone is writing it right now. The goal is the write the best version of the book you can so when it’s over, the book is the best version that it could possibly be. 

-Mike Ye