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

There is a school of thought which contends that having a strong desire to be more successful than others is an affirmative characteristic of a person. There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that community needs and requires such qualities in people and I strongly believe that this is a positive moment.

To begin with, it is immediately apparent that a healthy competition provides incentives for each individual to improve themselves. People set the goals and try to achieve them by hard work and perseverance. These goals are based on other’s accomplishments. For an example, there is a race among Indian cricketers to break Sir Donald Breadman’s record. The desire to reach this milestone first then the others is not only helping every player but also whole Indian Cricket team as well.

Perhaps most importantly, it is abundantly clear that if there is no rivalry, people will become lazy and there would be stagnation in their lives.  This would result in dull individuals and lacklustre society. In my personal experience, my organization posted lowest result for financial year 2010. Before 2010 starts, management decided not to launch any new products and not to give any promotion. These announcements demotivated all employees and there were no zeal left among the workers as they have nothing to achieve for an entire year.

The situation relating to this trend in my country, Australia, is not different from the experiences of nations throughout the world.

When all is said and done, I pen down saying that healthy competitiveness is good and leads to the progress of individual and society. If the steps are not taken by concerned agencies and government bodies to promote this trend, it will become too difficult in future to be rectified at all.

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