We see it said a lot, “community over competition”. And I agree. I agree with this statement to a certain extent.
It is better to have a community to support each other, to bounce ideas off of, to build a better world. But a little healthy competition never hurt anyone.
Case in point. I’m currently using Duo Lingo to brush up on my French language skills, and I love it. Every week, you can compete with random people to stay on the leader board so you can move into a new league. The more points you have, the better you do, if you drop out of the top 10, you don’t advance. If you drop too low, you go backward, if you stay in the top 10, you move forward. It’s silly, and there’s really no reward for moving up, but I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t push me to do my time on Duo Lingo every day.
In fact, I haven’t missed a day of doing Duo Lingo lessons since I started nearly 40 days ago. After a while, I realized that I was paying too much attention to the points and not enough to learning the language, but Duo Lingo has that covered too. They have levels, circles to close, crowns to collect. This forces me to stick with each lesson through the various levels. I get to compete with myself.
In my opinion, it’s not healthy to destroy relationships with competition. But healthy, friendly competition can also make a positive impact on career advancements, health, and achieving artistic goals. Just remember to laugh about it and keep a positive mindset. And also, remember that the best competition is against yourself.