Question – Is competition good to have in my business?
Answer – Competition is fine, but be careful, be very careful. Be a good winner.
I love to play sports. I love competition. There is nothing like the thrill of a game and there is a great feeling of winning a well fought battle. However, after you win, there is no need to spit in the face of your competitors and taunt them after they loose.
CS Lewis said it pretty well when he talked about pride and competition.
Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. … It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition has gone, pride has gone.
Take it with money. Greed will certainly make a man want money, for the sake of a better house, better holidays, better things to eat and drink. But only up to a point. What is it that makes a man with œ10,000 a year anxious to get œ20,000 a year? It is not the greed for more pleasure. œ10,000 will give all the luxuries that any man can really enjoy. It is Pride – the wish to be richer than some other rich man, and (still more) the wish for power. For, of course, power is what Pride really enjoys: there is nothing makes a man feel so superior to others as being able to move them about like toy soldiers. What makes a pretty girl spread misery wherever she goes by collecting admirers? Certainly not her sexual instinct: that kind of girl is quite often sexually frigid. It is Pride. What is it that makes a political leader or a whole nation go on and on, demanding more and more? Pride again. Pride is competitive by its very nature: that is why it goes on and on. If I am a proud man, then, as long as there is one man in the whole world more powerful, or richer, or cleverer than I, he is my rival and my enemy.
I believe that a major problem we see in our industry is that we spend so much time battling each other we don’t make our own companies the best they can be. And I don’t just mean one company battle the other, but one line within the same company battle the other. I would also be willing to bet that many of the companies in our industry also fail because the corporate leadership can’t balance their need for recognition with that of the field or the other officers within the company.
Network marketing is in a good spot. The rest of the economy is in the tank. We are thriving. I heard a statistic that only 15% of the population is participating in any level in network marketing. Who knows how many are actually doing something. So instead of going after a huge segment of the population that is hurting we are going after each other. STOP IT.
We can win in network marketing without crushing the competition. There is no need to demean and crush your upline, downline, company or competition. The beauty of this wonderful industry is that you succeed by helping others. We can change the fortunes of many, let’s just try doing it without rubbing salt in the wounds of our defeated foes, it is not productive.