13 June 2014
Have you ever found yourself at the gym, leisurely pacing yourself on the rowing machine or jogging on the treadmill, when someone takes the next machine along? And, as they began to double time your pace, the zip and pull of the rower getting faster and faster, do you find your own rhythm begin to increase? If you’re anything like me, this kind of challenge is a huge motivator. It makes you question your own abilities and ask yourself, “Well, if they can do it, why can’t I?”
I’ve long argued that a little healthy competition is a good thing, especially when it comes to the workplace. This is why, if you look around our offices, you’ll see areas to encourage it, from the gaming den to the pool and ping pong tables.
Competition makes people raise their game and test themselves. In my opinion, it’s a key driver for personal and professional growth. Whilst we can’t always win every competition, at least we can learn to identify our strengths and weaknesses.
In my experience, as long as you respect your opponents and take lessons from your failures, competition can be a highly positive experience.