Competition in Life- Good or Bad for life
Posted On March 28, 2018
You could have done better than your friend or opponent – is a line we hear very often, don’t we? Yeah that’s competitive psychology, when you or someone else likes to compare living or non-living things. Nowadays that’s very common in people as it is developed as a nature in them. Tell me do you buy or consider anything without comparing them? I know you don’t, well no one does.
Definition by Wikipedia
Competition is, in general, a contest or rivalry between two or more entities, organisms, animals, individuals, economic groups or social groups, etc., for territory, a niche, for scarce resources, goods, for mates, for prestige, recognition, for awards, for group or social status, or for leadership and profit. It arises whenever at least two parties strive for a goal which cannot be shared, where one’s gain is the other’s loss (a zero-sum game).
In today’s world, competition is a necessity because everyone like to judge people or things on basis of their ranking which is granted through competition. At a point is right thing to do but at the same time is very useless and cruel thing. In the case of Non-Living things it is a very right thing to do because their capabilities can be judged on basis of competition. Its because they don’t upgrade or improve on their own. But in the case of living things it is mostly unfair because living things have a brain, which allows them to think and change their capabilities at the very last moment.
How it is fair for Non Living Things
Competition is a fair thing for non living things because they perform only activities that they are designed to do. So with their capabilities remaining same they can be compared to each other to decide which one is better. For Example, You go to market to buy any product like a cushion, you try so many of them and at the end you find one that is matching your needs so you can confidently buy it because you know that it won’t change its qualities on its own. That’s because it is a non living thing and it can’t do anything else than what it is designed to do.
How it is unfair for Living Things
It is unfair for living things because first of all every living thing has different interests. Living things can learn from every mistake or experience so they keep on developing new capabilities. I’m not saying that competition is always unfair because at times it motivates and helps us to improve. But it gets unfair when two humans with different interests are compared on basis of one’s interest just for the sake of social image. Biggest and realest example for this is Examination system; everyone has to give exams even if he/she isn’t interested in studies. But for the sake of their social sake they have to study keeping aside their real interests. This results in condition when we don’t understand what to do next. This often leads to depression and stress in people. In the field of sports competition can be unfair very commonly depending on judges or referees
Some Advantages of Competition in life are
Generally, competitions offer generous financial benefits to the winners, with some awards reaching over hundreds of thousands of dollars. It surely requires an immense amount of hard work from the students but the results are cherishing. A good amount of money can provide you a kick start for your future business plans or other constructive ideas.
There are many more relishing rewards that competitions offer for students than mentioned above. “Practice makes perfect” and the more competitions you complete, the more confident you become for the next one.
Competitions provide a great platform to display the knowledge and skills you have amassed over the years. The experienced panel of jury can provide a critical analysis and feedback of your performance. In this way, competitions prove to be a great source o f self- evaluation for students and help nurture their experience and skills further.
Taking part in competitions offers you a chance to meet new people and make friends from other disciplines and geographic locations. These intellectuals can help you broaden your horizon and learn more about the diverse fields they belong to and countries they live in.
Substantial Experience Gain
Very few opportunities in the average student life provide such exposure and realistic outlook towards the competitive nature of real life in such a short span of time as competitions provide. Students recurrently go through a series of brainstorming sessions, rapid problem solving sequences and experience a totally diverse form of learning, which they usually don’t practice in their schools or colleges.
Some Disadvantages of Competition in mainly life are
- A loss can mean failure when success is purely measured as winning.
- A failed feeling can completely de-motivatea child and scar him for life. This can also mean that he or she will never participate any more competitions in the future, or at least feel like running away from them.
- This adds to the performance pressure, besides the everyday list of rules and regulations to be followed at school.
- Few children are driven by competition. They are motivated by the idea of achieving something. The same is maybe nurtured in their families. However, children who view competition as stress, and do not get any support from home, can really suffer from a very stressed-out feeling.
Here are 5 very important things which Competition can Teach us
- Building Mental Toughness.
- Strengthening Academic Self-Concept.
- Increasing Intrinsic Motivation.
- Developing Academic Heroes.
- Improving Teamwork and Collaboration
Consequences of Competition
Competition can have both beneficial and detrimental effects. Many evolutionary biologists view inter-species and intra-species competition as the driving force of adaptation, and ultimately of evolution. However, some biologists disagree, citing competition as a driving force only on a small scale, and citing the larger scale drivers of evolution to be abiotic factors (termed ‘Room to Roam’). Richard Dawkins prefers to think of evolution in terms of competition between single genes, which have the welfare of the organism ‘in mind’ only insofar as that welfare furthers their own selfish drives for replication (termed the ‘selfish gene’).
“Competition is not as important as participating”
At the end I’d like to conclude by saying that no competition in life should be strong enough to knock you down forever. If you feel like giving up, just remember why you started. Hope you like my Blog for any suggestions contact us by commenting or mail us @[email protected]