Is Competition Good? Is There an Alternative?

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Yes, it is to a certain extent. Competition is good for us as it challenges each individual. Without competition, there would be no standards and we would not know how to improve on areas we lack. In addition, we may not know where we stand, be it mentally, physically and academically. Different kinds of competition challenge us in different aspects and helps us to progress and move with times.

For example, a sports competition may challenge us mentally and physically. Reason being, a sport involves coordination of the mind and body. It also reveals out stamina in sports. After which, we might want to improve in a certain area in this sport. One sport, such as tennis, requires the player to not only move on the spot, but also use the arms to hit the ball. The hit that hits the ball has to be accurate and also to be able to score points. A simple example where competition challenges us academically and mentally would be in our exams, weekly tests or the word games found in the everyday newspaper. This helps us gauge how much we know about a certain topic or subject and can even be a motivation for some. Poor test or exam results would be a wake-up call for some as they would then realize their weaknesses and it will hit them that it is time to pull up their socks.

Competition in the working society is not only good but also very important. Without competition, industries and companies will not be able to grow and expand. However, if every company in a certain country refuses to compete, this might even affect that particular country's economy. Looking at a large-scale effect, if all companies around the world have the same concept about not competing, the world would not "grow", nor would it advance and progress. This is because the economy of a country would usually determine how a country's business would expand or grow. As the economy involves money, the standard of living and the jobs we have will also be affected. If the economy does not grow, we might...
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