This text is by a friend of mine, Frank Peter. It was posted on his blog this week.
“I have never found meaning and happiness by being ‘better than’ others…
… by beating them at sports and games, by passing them on the career ladder, by possessing fancier stuff, by having the last word.
Experience has taught me again and again that I only truly 'win’ when my 'victory’ requires no one else to lose.
Experience has taught me again and again that the only real success is to become a more authentic version of me, not a superior version of someone else.
Experience has taught me again and again that I only feel good about myself when I use my time, treasure, and talents to connect with others, not to compete with them.
By the way, my unilateral withdrawal from the world of competition is not just a gift to me, but to everyone: one less human being that they all might be tempted to compete with.”