by Theresa Bradley-Banta
I recently received the following comment regarding my services:
“TRULY, if she were doing as well as she says, she would spend more time investing and less time teaching you how to compete with her.”
While the accompanying remarks were equally transparent and written with little thought, this comment sparked my interest. It reminded me of a blog post I first published in October 2010—a post that illustrates a completely different world view.
I hope you find inspiration in reading it.
The Art of Collaborative Competition
There are a vast number of buyers and sellers in the world.
The world is not your competitor. In order to form partnerships, you cannot hold a life view of adversaries in every corner. Think of all the wondrous things that would remain undiscovered if you hesitate to share or to create relationships.
When you think in terms of abundance you clear your plate for a heaping serving of whatever you desire. Nature abhors a vacuum. Just be clear about what you want to receive.
To give freely to the needy and less fortunate, step outside the confines of a competitive mindset. It’s that simple. Believe in enough for everyone.
When you collaborate for good, the possibilities are infinite.
Collaborative competition brings out the best in everyone. Think of the Olympics, the world’s largest stage for individual and team competition. The games are less about beating the other competitor and more about bringing out the best in the individual performers and teams—with a wonderful side benefit of inspiring millions.
Imagine cooperative competition. You’ll win before you even begin.
And here’s a current example of competitive collaboration. Last Sunday my husband and I watched Tiger Woods claim a two shot win at the WGC Cadillac Championship over fellow golfer Steve Stricker. The purse was $8,750,000.
What’s interesting is that Steve, arguably one of the best putters in the world of golf, gave Tiger a putting lesson the day before the tournament started. Woods took home over $1.44 million while Stricker took home just under $870,000.
According to Reuters, “Steve Stricker could be forgiven for regretting he helped Tiger Woods with his putting before the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but after losing to him by two shots on Sunday, Stricker said he simply did what golfing buddies do.”
Steve also said, “It’s the nature of the game. Everybody helps one another out here. The old players did it with me.”