Race to be the best company on the market. Race to be the best team in the company. Race to be the best employee. These slogans prove that the competitions are our passion. Winning is often our most important motivation to work hard. What’s wrong with this? Let’s take a look at a story.
One time, a group of 50 people were attending a seminar.
Suddenly, the speaker started giving each person a balloon. Each one was asked to write their name on it using a marker. Then, all the balloons were collected, and put into another room.
Next, all of the people were prompted to go into that room, and were told that they had five minutes to find the balloon that had their name on it. Everyone was frantically searching for their names, colliding with each other, pushing others around, and there was utter chaos.
At the end of the five minutes, no one could find their own balloon.
Next, each person was asked to randomly pick a balloon, and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within minutes, everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began — this is exactly what is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for their happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness, and you will discover your own.
This example shows that sometimes starting in a race isn’t a method for being successful. In that case people try to be the best by finding their balloons as soon as possible. It’s very natural behaviour. They lose the game, because they disturb each other. True goal was simple: everyone should hold appropriate balloon. The solution for this problem wasn’t very difficult. Cooperation, not competition! Try to think about the things you and your company may lose because of the competition. Maybe the prize for being a winner is worthless.