Human nature is such that, if given the chance, most folks would choose to take the path of least resistance by avoiding competition. However, those who lack challengers almost always miss the motivation required to innovate or otherwise stay at the top of their game. Over the long run, fair competition helps the most deserving come to the forefront. In the free market, competition helps consumers by fostering lower prices and better quality.
The bottom line: Don’t lament your opponents — embrace them! Rivals not only make us better, but, even better, they usually affirm we’re competing in potentially lucrative arenas.
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