Compete with Yourself

‘Competition’ is a term which has been used time and again to define and create a demarcation for efficiency. It is supposed to be used that way, a way to benchmark, a tool to self evaluate. But instead of creating a positive impact in life, ‘competition’ has played a vital role in creating an unhealthy mindset among professionals, and students. It has created a sense of urgency, as if there is an intangible fight to beat another person in a race.

Yes, time doesn’t wait for anyone, so there is an urgency to achieve ‘value’. But not without compromising its quality. Compete, but with yourself. Set your failures as your benchmarks, and start working to beat your failures overtime. Once you do that, you will achieve excellence. When you achieve excellence, you will achieve ‘value’. A ‘value’ which has both intangible and tangible factors involved with it. This ‘value’ will create satisfaction, and push you towards even higher goals.

On the other hand, if you compete with others, you may be better that the other person, but you won’t be the best version of yourself. You will lose a significant ‘value’ there. That will not make you excellent, that will make you better than the worse. In due course of time, someone will beat you, and you will fall in the never-ending loop of incompetence.

It is never too late to start. Start today. Set yourself as your benchmark. Write down what you want to achieve, and what you have achieved till date. Look at the mirror, and accept your failures. It takes a lot of guts to accept your failures. Once you accept that you lost, or you failed, the only thing that can happen to you, is that, you win. Set small goals, but realistic ones. Scale fast, and expand.

And in this process if you need any help, I am here for you. Let’s all change our thought process. Let us not compare ourselves with others. Let’s create value. Let’s make this happen.



Arnab Pandey

 Arnab Pandey is a  capital markets professional, an entrepreneur, a nationally awarded debater, an internationally acclaimed researcher, and a passionate blogger. He holds  an  MBA (Finance) degree from the Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa, Florida. He procured his under-graduate (Bachelor of Technology) degree in the field of applied mechanics….. Read More

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