Most of us find ourselves in the intersection of wanting to win and wanting to get better. What I have found in my coaching work, my mom work, and my working on myself is that one way to get better is to compete against those in the field who are already better. When we can put our egos aside long enough to care less about being the best so that we can be challenged to become better, we’re investing in our futures rather than maintaining the status quo.

As Stanford Professor Carol Dweck, the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, wrote: “Important achievements require a clear focus, all-out effort, and a bottomless trunk full of strategies. Plus allies in learning.”

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