At Compete Every Day, we're passionate about competition because of its ability to reveal the greatness within each of us. It's only by stepping into competition, we are able to break through "limits" (many times self-imposed, limits) and find out what we're truly capable of.
And it's always more than we think we're capable of.
But don't just take our word for it. Here are a few of our favorite quotes from (wiser) people about the importance of competition:
"When we are in competition with ourselves, and match our todays against our yesterdays, we derive encouragement from past misfortunes and blemishes. Moreover, the competition with ourselves leaves unimpaired our benevolence toward our fellow men." - Eric Hoffer
"Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best." - Nancy Pearcy
"The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before." - Steve Young
"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
"Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character." - T Alan Armstrong
"You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that." - Michael Jordan
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth
"I'm not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance." - Celine Dion
"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy." - Arthur Ashe
"No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal." - Bonnie Blair
"The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself." - Washington Alston