The Problem With Competition

The problem with embracing competition is that competition, itself, becomes the end game.

We compete just to compete — not some other higher outcome.

And in hot competition, people begin to confuse what is hard with what is valuable.

Moreover, that develops a quest to compete amidst unattainable odds, which is subtly demoralizing.

Storied entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel, unpacked these hidden truths about “us” in a startup class he’s teaching at his alma mater, Stanford University.  (One of his students, Blake Masters, has been posting thorough summaries of Thiel’s lectures.)

These are important truths to recognize in context of any serious endeavor.

Want to learn more?

Go read my MediaPost column.

Published by Max Kalehoff

Father, sailor and marketing executive.

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