Contribution vs. Competition

Photo credit: Shenghung Lin

“This is the moment – the most important moment right now. Which is: We are about contribution. That’s what our job is. It’s not about impressing people. It’s not about the next job. It’s about contributing something.
The competition game is all about success and failure. We judge ourselves by other people’s standards, or by previous accomplishments—whether by how our competitors are doing or by how we performed this year versus last. So competition, like measurements, in many ways actually sets limits on what is possible.

On the other hand, the contribution game is not arrived at by comparison. By focusing only on the aspect of contribution in what you do—to others, the company, and the world—you can transform from a person who is “out for himself” to a person who is out to make a difference.”

~ Rosamund and Benjamin Zander (The Art of Possibility)

Via Lianne Raymond

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