Collaborate and never compete
By: Abraham Khoureis, Ph.D., M.A.
Since our early childhood, most of us learned how to compete with our siblings for our parents’ approval and at some points, even for their love.
Being competitive is a human behavior that was adopted and promoted by our own environment and its customs. We were taught at home and at our school system that competing with one another is the norm of our daily affairs and that in competing against one another, we win.
Competition is an adopted social behavior that we gladly and involuntarily implemented and transitioned into all facets of our business affairs, corporate operations, sports activities, government contracts and interaction, higher education, commerce, and politics.
We learned with competition, came stress, envy, hatred, betrayal, deception, adrenaline and human excitement. An excitement to defeat, destroy, and maim our opponent.
And for the sake of what?
Just to prove we are winners against the others. We are better than them. A very uncivilized approach to celebrate our humanity.
If there is a lesson to be learned from this post, it is that:
Only the weak ones compete, while the confident ones collaborate.
Collaborate and never compete.