Thoughts on competing

Published: Jul 27, 2016

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The problem with competition is that it takes away the requirement to set your own path, to invent your own method, to find a new way.
—Seth Godin

You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.
—Michael Jordan

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I’m in competition with myself and I’m losing.
—Roger Waters

You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.
—Nicki Minaj


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Competing in sports has taught me that if I’m not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will.
—Ron Blomberg


Nobody’s going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can’t always be in the fast lane.
—Haruki Murakami

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Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
—Jesse Owens


If you gone come in second, you’re just the first loser!
—Tiger Woods



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The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
—Willie Nelson

Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.
—Baltasar Gracián

Competition is a rude yet effective motivation.
—Toba Beta


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If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?
—Joe Namath

Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.
—Jiddu Krishnamurti


Image: Jiddu, Jesse, Ron: Getty Images; Seth: Brad Barket / Getty Images; Willie: Reuters; Roger: Radu Sigheti / Reuters; Joe: Jason Redmond / Reuters

(This story appears in the 05 August, 2016 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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