Competition could ruin you.
Today I was listening to a Tim Ferris podcast as he interviewed Terry Crews. I love Crews– he is larger than life in both physical form and personality. He made a comment that held me captive for a moment:
“Competition is the opposite of creativity.”
He went on to say that you cannot be competing with people around you while still fulfilling your own potential. It’s impossible to both keep your eye on the person next to you and explore what you are uniquely capable of.
This word unique has gotten a bit diluted. It’s on t-shirts and memes: be-unique,-uniquely-you-no-one-can-do-what-you-uniquely-do.
When it comes to dance, this word holds serious weight. The only dancers I know who have found true fulfillment have been those who’ve leaned into themselves, into a place where they are comfortable in their own skin and free to explore.
This week as you go into classes, carry this with you. The only competition is the one in your head. You weren’t born with a duplicate blueprint as another, destined to compete for top place. No one can do what you do. And no one can take that away from you.
Actually, that’s not true. You can take that away from you. So be careful.