In The Science of Getting Rich (best title ever?), Wallace D. Wattles (definitely best name ever) tells us that, if we want to enjoy the process of creating abundance in every facet of our lives, we need to make sure we focus on CREATING not COMPETING.
Specifically, he says: “You are to become a creator, not a competitor; you are going to get what you want, but in such a way that when you get it every other man will have more than he has now.”
<- I love that.
Which leads us to another etymological pop quiz.
Q: Do you know what the word compete literally means?
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A: The word compete comes from the Latin competere which means to “aim at, seek” (petere) “TOGETHER” (com).
To seek TOGETHER. Not against. But TOGETHER.
Today’s +1: How would your life change if you left the whole zero-sum competitive world and entered a pure, joyful creative realm?
What’s one little thing you can do TODAY to make that vision a reality?
Here’s to your creative brilliance as you have fun playfully striving together!
P.S. Remember that social comparison is super-toxic. Let’s go with William Faulkner’s wisdom: “Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”