1. Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.
2. Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.
3. The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
4. I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter and the egotistical are the first to race to the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way and sees life not as a competition. They reach the summit last because they know God isn’t at the top waiting for them. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious where ever you stand.
5. Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.
6. Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.
7. Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.
8. A coward talks to everyone but YOU.
9. Cruel people offer pity when they no longer feel threatened. However, kind people offer compassion and understanding regardless.
10. Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.
11. There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.
12. If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After awhile you’ll see your rivals scrambling for second place.
13. Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is, no one ascends alone.
14. I don’t understand women that call themselves a “bitch”. It doesn’t empower a woman. Rather, it reveals to everyone that you were deeply hurt at one time. Because of the pain your still carrying, you will continue to hurt anyone that reminds you of those moments when you let your guard down and were fooled. Sadly, it sends a clear message to the observant that you are still hurt. If only women would realize that “we all” have moments of stupidity then they would stop comparing themselves to the masses.
15. The way you think about yourself determines your reality. You are not being hurt by the way people think about you. Many of those people are a reflection of how you think about yourself.
16. If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?
17. The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.
18. Jealousy is love in competition.
19. Often people that settle in life are those that only do what they can with what they have and where they are. Never settle for someone that didn’t know your worth from the beginning, or build a life without God in it. Live beyond your low expectations.
20. Together, we form a necessary paradox; not a senseless contradiction.
21. Life’s trials will test you, and shape you, but don’t let them change who you are.
22. It’s in those quiet little towns, at the edge of the world, that you will find the salt of the earth people who make you feel right at home.
23. Companies aren’t families. They’re battlefields in a civil war.
24. From this point forward, you don’t even know how to quit in life.
25. Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you’re both engaged in the same business – you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.
26. Instead of playing to win, I was playing not to lose. It reminds me of the story I once heard about two friends being chased by a bear, when one turned to the other and said, “I just realized that I don’t need to outrun the bear; I only need to outrun you.
27. A deceitful man will go as far as to trample all over a woman’s reputation and spirit, in order to prove to his ex-love that he was faithful. The irony, is he is still in love with his ex and the new woman in his life doesn’t even realize it.
28. One of the most powerful lessons in life is to recognize that no one can give you power, and many people don’t want you to have it. You have to find the courage to seize it, own it and hold on!
29. I don’t know where this pressure came from. I can’t blame my parents because it has always felt internal. Like any other parent, my mother celebrated the A grades and the less-than-A grades she felt there was no need to tell anybody about. But not acknowledging the effort that ended in a less than perfect result impacted me as a child. If I didn’t win, then we wouldn’t tell anyone that I had even competed to save us the embarrassment of acknowledging that someone else was better. Keeping the secret made me think that losing was something to be ashamed of, and that unless I was sure I was going to be the champion there was no point in trying. And there was certainly no point to just having fun.
30. Competition has been shown to be useful
up to a certain point and no further,
but cooperation, which is the thing
we must strive for today,
begins where competition leaves off.
31. You were born a winner, a warrior, one who defied the odds by surviving the most gruesome battle of them all – the race to the egg. And now that you are a giant, why do you even doubt victory against smaller numbers and wider margins? The only walls that exist are those you have placed in your mind. And whatever obstacles you conceive, exist only because you have forgotten what you have already achieved.
32. Without struggle, success has no value.
33. There is no competition of sounds between a nightingale and a violin.
34. Law is made by the winner to preserve victory over the loser.
35. Oftentimes winning can become an addiction, whether good or bad, to the point where you would rather lose it all before you lose at all.
36. It is not the hand that rocks the cradle that rules the world; it is the woman that holds the keys to the kingdom.
37. Competition is a rude yet effective motivation.
38. Winning isn’t about finishing in first place. It isn’t about beating the others. It is about overcoming yourself. Overcoming your body, your limitations, and your fears. Winning means surpassing yourself and turning your dreams into reality.
39. If two people share one, their destinies become intertwined. They’ll remain a part of each other’s lives no matter what.
40. Genuine self esteem – please understand this – genuine self esteem is not competitive or comparative. Genuine self esteem isn’t expressed by self-glorification at the expense of others, or by trying to make yourself superior to everyone else, or diminishing others in order to elevate yourself. Arrogance, boastfulness, the overestimation of your abilities, reflect low self esteem, even though we’re often encouraged to believe the opposite. In human beings, joy in the simple fact of existence is a core meaning of healthy self esteem. Thus understood, how can you possibly have too much of it?
41. You would always beat me; not so much because you are a better fighter as because you will not accept defeat.
42. True friends don’t come with conditions.
43. Those who achieve the extraordinary are usually the most ordinary because they have nothing to prove to anybody. Be Humble.
44. Resistance is a sign that shows you’re going the right way
45. Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower.
Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty. Be that lotus flower always. Do not allow any negativity or ugliness in your surroundings destroy your confidence, affect your growth, or make you question your self-worth.
46. If you didn’t earn something, it’s not worth flaunting.
47. At some point, you just gotta forgive the past, your happiness hinges on it.
48. Explore, Experience, Then Push Beyond.
49. There’s more to a person than flesh. Judge others by the sum of their soul and you’ll see that beauty is a force of light that radiates from the inside out.
50. Building bridges is the best defence against ignorance.
51. Cats are marvelous creatures – they either adapt to circumstances, or decide to make circumstances adapt to them. Either way – they win.
52. Life is not a competition. No one has to lose for someone else to win. A true blessing blesses everyone.
53. Nobody’s going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can’t always be in the fast lane.
54. Everything is a contest. All dealings among men are a contest in which some will succeed and others fail. And some are failing quite spectacularly.
55. Opportunity doesn’t make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives.
56. If we can keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on the customer, ultimately we’ll turn out all right.
57. Since I became a novelist I have discovered that I am biased. Either I think a new novel is worse than mine and I don’t like it, or I suspect it is better than my novels and I don’t like it.
58. If you hold a candle close to you, its flame rises. And if you hold it away from you, its flame shrinks. The same way you hold a candle close to you, keep all your plans, aspirations, projects, and dreams close to you too. Do not share your plans or goals until you complete them, because as you hold your candle away from you — envy, jealousy, and resentment may put out your flame before it grows.
59. It’s the ‘everyday’ experiences we encounter along the journey to who we wanna be that will define who we are when we get there.
60. [There] are people who make a complete and utter mockery of ‘democracy’ and ‘equality’ – they’re the casualties of the primitive rules of competition which run our society, and the welfare state just keeps them alive. That’s all.