Competitiveness is a positive quality for people in most societies. How does competitiveness affect individuals? Is it a positive or negative trend?

Competitiveness is a positive quality for people in most societies. How does competitiveness
affect individuals? Is it a positive or negative trend?


[shc_shortcode class=”shc_mybox”]The world is changing very fast; big will not beat small anymore; it will be the fast beating
the slow. These words hold true for today’s global village in which we live in a 24/7 society.
In the following paragraphs, I shall discuss the effect of competitiveness on individuals. I
believe that competitiveness is good, but over-competitiveness in which one uses unethical
means to reach the top is bad.

At the individual level, competitiveness provides incentives for people to improve
themselves. People set goals for themselves and try to achieve them by hard work and
perseverance. These goals are based on others achievements. They try to break records and
put their heart and soul to excel in all fields. This is what keeps them going. Then they
become inspiration for others who also work hard for getting name and fame. If there was
no competition, people would become lazy and there would be stagnation in their lives. This
would result in dull individuals and lackluster societies.

It is this competitiveness which is the basis for the Olympics and other such international
and national events. Individual competition translates to national and international level
during such events. For example, when Abinav Bindra won the first individual Olympic gold
medal in shooting, he not only made a name for himself but also for the whole of India.
Therefore, competitiveness leads to the progress of the individuals and societies as a whole.

On the other hand, it is important to realize that trying to be number one and trying to do a
task well are two different things. One should not hold the delusion that one’s advancement
is accomplished by crushing others. Over-competitiveness, in which a person uses unethical
means to win such as taking drugs before any sporting event to increase performance or
hurting others to win, is bad.

To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that, competitiveness is good and leads to the
progress of individuals and societies but only as long as it remains a healthy competition. If
unethical means are used or it leads to stress and others are hurt in the process, then it is
bad. Competitiveness is a positive quality for people in most societies

Competitiveness is a positive quality for people in most societies

Competitiveness is a positive quality for people in most societies

Competitiveness is a positive quality for people in most societies

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