Competitive vs. Collaborative
We’re often told that a little healthy competition is a good thing. The problem is that competition almost never stays little or healthy. In competition, we’re stuck playing the game “King of the Dock.” We push someone into the water so we can be on the dock and then we do everything we can to not be pushed off.
The problem, of course, is that there is always someone who is ready to knock us off. In some cases, many people band together to knock the king off of the dock. So goes the short ride of the fiercely competitive. There is a race to the top or, for the discounters, the race to the bottom (which Seth Godin has warned us about)
A collaborative person doesn’t look at a platform as something to knock people off of. They see it as a stage where they can invite others to join them.
There is no king; there is community and those who are up on that platform are building their own stages and inviting others up and soon we have platforms that reach higher and higher. For this person, there is no fear and there is no race, there is only growth.
Everyday we make the choice between being competitive or collaborative.
Which will you choose?