“There really is nothing wrong with having the desire to win in any area of life, but in your efforts to grow spiritually, your mission is to come to the awareness where you no longer feel an obsession to win. To accomplish this requires you to drop much of what you learned about competition earlier in life. Perhaps most importantly, it is necessary to leave behind the age-old teachingthat competition is required simply because there are only so many opportunities in this world. This world by its very nature is abundant,so there really is no need to compete with anyone unless you believe that you must. According to the renowned spirituality author Emmet Fox:
“God never repeats Himself, and so He has never made two people alike, and it is for this reason that no two people could ever do the same work, or express themselves in quite the same way. That is why, rightly understood, there really need be no competition. There need be no such thing as, say, two thousand people struggling for the same place in life. Whatever the place may be, there can be only one person who can fill it perfectly; and there are one thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine other places somewhere waiting for the people if only they will find them.”
Once you can embrace the wisdom and practicality in Mr. Fox’s words, then it will not be a stretch for you to see that it really isn’t necessary for you to compete with any person for scholastic, employment, or other career/business opportunities. The truth is you do have unique capabilities that make you ideally suited for a certain station in life. Your primary task, then, is to first discover what they are, and then use them in ways that are both fulfilling to you, and of service to others.”
Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”
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