Our society enjoys comparing, competing, and measuring success based on the accomplishments of others.
We compare what we wear, where we live, the car we drive, and even the purse we carry. We compare our job titles, salaries, homes, and so on.
While the right kind of competition can motivate you to do more, constantly trying to outperform others is a losing battle. Someone will always be better than you at something.
Instead of competing with others, challenge yourself to be better than you were yesterday. Learn from everyone and work on your strengths and weaknesses.
Here are 17 quotes that show in life’s most important pursuits, your only competition is yourself.
1. “The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.”—Howard Cosell
2. “It is nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better.”—Gianni Versace
3. “Competition is great. And as long as it’s friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it’s cool.”—Janet Jackson
4. “Competition whose motive is merely to compete, to drive some other fellow out, never carries very far. The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.” — Henry Ford
5. “Do not compete with others! Pick a high speed for yourself that suits high ideals and try to catch and surpass that speed!” —Mehmet Murat ildan
6. “There are only two ways to establish competitive advantage: do things better than others or do them differently.”—Karl Albrecht
7. “Winning isn’t getting ahead of others, it is getting ahead of yourself.”—Roger Staubach
8. “I’m an ambitious person. I never considered myself in competition with anyone, and I’m not saying that from an arrogant standpoint, It’s just that my journey started so, so long ago, and I’m still on it and I won’t stand still.”—Idris Elba
9. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”—Winston Churchill
10. “Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don’t support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.”—James Altucher
11. “I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”—Walt Disney
12. “If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After awhile you’ll see your rivals scrambling for second place.”—Criss Jami
13. “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” —Indira Gandhi
14. “The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.”—Howard Cosell
15. “Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt
16. “Having no competition is a bad thing. Competition makes you try to improve yourself all the time.”—Shu Qi
17. “I am not in competition with anyone but myself. My goal is to improve myself continuously.”—Bill Gates