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ambition

Chinese charater for ambition

a strong drive for success

to seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet

a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"

an eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor,

superiority, power, or the attainment of something




self absorbtion

"Keep comparing yourself to others and
see how badly you can feel about yourself.
It's not masochistic; it's the American way." - Meghan Daum



competition


"Play is a luxury, a frivolity relegated to the cracks within the schedule of productive, educational, and developmental activities. The competitive demands of adulthood today dictate that no time be wasted in play, because every moment at play is a moment where you could be getting ahead in life, preparing for the future.

The primacy of competition in nature (and human nature) dovetails closely with the ideology of the discrete self living in an objective universe. Life as a competition for resources necessitates that there be competitors, discrete subjects whose conflicting interests drive the constant struggle for survival. It also implies a distinction between life and resources, that translates in our perceptions to a distinction between self and world." - Charles Eisenstein


"The inability to identify with others was unquestionably the most important psychological condition for the fact that something like Auschwitz could have occurred in the midst of more or less civilized and innocent people.

What is called fellow traveling was primarily business interest: one pursues one's own advantage before all else, and simply not to endanger oneself, does not talk too much. That is a general law of the status quo. The silence under the terror was only its consequence.

The coldness of the societal monad, the isolated competitor, was the precondition, as indifference to the fate of others, for the fact that only very few people reacted. The torturers know this, and they put it to test ever anew." - Theodor Adorno



To many Americans competition is the very essence of existence.



There is football, basketball, baseball and soccer!

There is car races, foot races, balloon races and dog races!

There is The Biggest Loser, The Bachelorette, Wheel of Fortune and Survivor!

Competition for breakfast, competition for lunch and competition for dinner!

There is the race for Congressman, the race for Senator and the race for President!

There is the race to be the first to patent a product, the race to be the first to copywrite a saying and there is, the most important race of all, the race to marketing success!

There is Dancing with the Stars, America's Got Talent and Who Want's to be a Millionaire!

Competition for breakfast, competition for lunch and competition for dinner!


The duality of competition requires an individual or group of individuals to succeed while another individual or group of individuals fail.

In 2007 for ‘competitive fun' and as a morale booster the Los Angeles Sheriff's held one day competitions.

How many people can you arrest?

How many cars can you impound?

Competition is essentially detrimental to every important aspect of human social interactions !!!

human relationships, self-respect, enjoyment of leisure time, and even productivity all increase when individuals break out of the neurotic pattern of relentless competition.

Intentional competition is an individually narcissistic state of mind.

Narcissitic individuals compete to establish themselves as the most intelligent, the most attractive, or the wealthiest.

Narcissitic individuals compete in school.

Narcissitic individuals compete in the work place.

Narcissitic individuals compete in the city, in the country, on the mountains, in the valleys, on the plains and in the foothills.

Narcissitic individuals compete because they desire acknowledgement,
recoginition and do so in an attempt to be viewed as superior.

"Narcissism can be conceptualized as a self-regulating system, where self-esteem and enhancement are sought through a variety of social means with little regard for the consequences borne by others. Agentic traits, assertiveness, extraversion, and self-esteem are all correlated with narcissism. Narcissism is associated with benefits to the individual that are primarily affective and most evident in the short-term, but the costs of narcissism are paid by others and, eventually, by the individual in the long-term. The rise in narcissism may be positive in the short term for individuals, but negative for other people, for society, and for the individual in the long term.

College students were 30 % more narcissistic on average in 2006 than in 1980.

Students today have markedly higher and more unrealistic expectations of success.

More than half of recent high school students (51%) predicted that they would earn graduate or professional degrees, even though only 9% of 25- to 34-year-old high school graduates actually hold these degrees. In 1976, only half as many (27%) predicted this outcome. During the same period, the percentage of high school students who predicted that they would be working in a professional job by age 30 also increased, from 41% to 63% . In reality, only 18% of high school graduates ages 25 to 34 in both eras worked at professional jobs." - Jean Twenge

"Large-scale advertising is one of the main factors in American society that creates and maintains a peculiar form of narcissism ideally suited to consumerism. As such, it creates artificial needs within people that directly conflict with their capacity to form a satisfying and sustainable relationship with the natural world." - Mary Gomes and Allen Kanner

Continually striving to increase one's abilities at doing some particular thing well is not to be confused with competition !!!


Most major accomplishments throughout history have been achieved simply out of an individual's desire to create something not out of a desire to best the fellow next door.

Alfie Kohn, No Contest: The Case Against Competition, believes popular American concepts of competition rest on false assumptions centered around the concept of Social Darwinism.

Social Darwinism is a late nineteenth century ideology predicated on a corrupt understanding of the concept of survival of the fittest used to justify social policies which make no distinction between those with control of resources and those without assets.

Social Darwinism elevates the notions of: a pyramid squatting King/Emperor/Supreme Leader, in ancient times half man-half god, a son of a sexual union of a mortal woman and a male patriarch procreator god; competition between "legal persons" but allows no distinction between penniless men and women and international corporate conglomerates backed with fungible assets in a firewalled database running on a megacomputer in the basement of the Boot in Basel, Switzerland; suggests some men are superior, as in the vein of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche's Übermensch corrupted by Nazi ideology to become Untermensch, genetically inferior sub-human - Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Russians, Serbs, Belarussians, Ukrainians, Turks, Arabs, Persians, Chinese, Africans, Eskimos, Hawaiians (pretty much all other cultural groups) therefore concluding Imperialism is justified - "just bringing civilization to the heathens!", the use of Eugenics is justified - "those darkies breed like rabbits!", an obvious and apparent cognitively biased racial hypothesis based on comparing apples and oranges due to a faulty understanding of sustainable cultures - " those fools gave us Manhattan for a handful of glass beads - they will never be able to make an economy hum!"


The first myth, the myth of Social Darwinism,
is that competition between humans is necessary.


This myth is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection. It is falsely believed that the phrase 'survival of the fittest' implies an internal struggle among members of a species from which only the strongest, most competitive members emerge victorious. This is incorrect if a species is spread over a vast area. Survival is dependent upon many changing environmental factors.

"Cooperation, and not competition, is the primary basis of life and the primary engine of evolution."
- Charles Eisenstein

"We've seen the gross misuse of evolution - under the guise of Social Darwinism and the "survival of the fittest" - to justify class oppression, monopolies, and imperialism." - David P. Barash

Survival of a species or sub species biologically requires that the species or sub species retain the ability to produce surviving offspring who in turn live to reproduce. Continued reproduction is the factor that predicates success of a species or sub species.

There is a tendency for groups of animals and groups of humans to cooperate which contributes far more to reproductive success within the group than competitive inclinations of individuals directed within the group.

A single violently fierce alpha male begins a slaughter with a single or multiple murder within a family, a tribe or other small group. Murder within this small group consumes the group to the point where there is a question of the continued viability of the group. If the other males are all wiped out then if reproduction continues it will be between close family members.

Incest creates fatal genetic problems for future generations ending with the family, tribe or small group dying out.

A good example of this can be seen recently in history with the experience of Fletcher Christian and the other mutineers of the Bounty who settled on Pitcairn Island.

John Adams was the sole male survivor of the party that had landed just ten years before.

Raising human offspring was and is a difficult undertaking. Those who can work effectively with others in the group are more likely to be reproductively successful over time.

In the past endangering one's own life endangered the lives of the other members of the group.

Direct physically confrontational competition has always been, and still is, a risky strategy that rarely pays off.

Successful individual human groups create an inherited predisposition for cooperation in their offspring.

Cooperation is pervasive within any successful civilization, successful nation, successful region, successful locality or successful family group. A lone individual can succeed only when he or she cooperates with the larger social order prevalent in the culture in which he or she resides.

American cultural conditions are responsible for the pervasive presence of competition in American society. Children are taught by popular culture, by the television, by public education, by the actions and by the interests of their elders to be competitive.



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Orson is unable to solve an arithmetic problem. The teacher asks him to think carefully. Orson is still unable to answer the question as he realizes unwanted attention is directed at him. The rest of the class responds with a forest of waving hands and much sighing. Finally Erma is called upon and proudly delivers the correct solution. Orson's failure has made it possible for Erma to succeed in being recognized.

To a Zuni, Hopi, or Lakota native American, Erma's performance would be seen as cruel.

As competition does not occur in all human cultures is not inevitably a part of human nature. No human behavior is understood to be an innate human trait if one single culture does not exhibit it !


The second myth of competition is that competition makes each of us better. The truth is genuine respect for oneself is best built outside of competitive frameworks.

In cooperative situations tremendous gain is derived from sharing one's skills in a helpful way with others. Relationships of trust and appreciation do more for one's sense of well-being than the constant struggle to win.


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The third myth is that competition is ‘fun'.

The original concept of play which emphasizes process before outcome has become lost in the competitive nature of American culture. American children have lost their natural and spontaneous love of play.

Cross cultural research demonstrates competition for older American children is not fun with a simple game.

Two children sit on opposite sides of a checker board. A marker is placed on the middle square and the children are told that they will take turns moving the marker one square at a time for a total of 20 moves. If a child gets the marker to his side of the board, he will receive a prize. Then the game will be played again (4 times total), and the other child will go first.

Four-and-five-year-old, Anglo-American and Mexican-American children almost universally helped one another take turns in winning. That is, the child who goes second moves the marker in the direction of the other child's goal. Virtually every game ends with one child getting a prize. These children had ‘fun' and are happy.

Among seven-to-nine-year-olds the pattern changes completely. Both Anglo-American and Mexican-American children prevent anyone from winning 50 to 80 per cent of the time. These children are not happy. These children did not have ‘fun'.

Mexican children seven-to-nine-year-olds with little or no contact with American culture manage to cooperate and earn prizes in a majority of the games. They had ‘fun' and were happy.


The fourth myth is that competitive
frameworks make for the highest levels of productivity.

The obvious futility of wasting one's energy preventing another from winning provides the starting point for the critique of competition's contribution to productivity.

In the late 1970s a team of researchers at the University of Texas set out to identify the personality characteristics that correlated with the highest levels of professional performance. They reasoned that striving for mastery, a positive attitude toward work, and competitiveness would all correlate positively with achievement.

High levels of conscious orientation toward mastery of skills were found among the highest achievers, but the top achievers showed low levels of competitiveness. To test the result, many more studies were conducted, each time using a different sample of subjects - businessmen, college students, airline reservation agents, and grade school students - and each time the same result was found.

Competitiveness consistently correlated negatively with achievement. Those high in achievement were low in competitiveness.

American belief in the benefits of competition has permeated America's cultural consciousness.

Competition practices have become an entrenched part of American poplar culture, American education, American business and American politics.

Competition can undermine individual growth and development, as well as human relationships.

"The real alternative to being number one is not being number two but being psychologically free enough to dispense with rankings all together."- Alfie Kohn, American author


"Television shows like American Idol,The Swan and The Bachelor teach us, things that are merely enjoyed - like singing, looking your best, falling in love - are piteously wasted. You have to make them into contests." - Meghan Daum



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hypercompetitiveness


autistic = a tendency to view life in terms of one's own needs and desires


"I'm a hypercompetitive individual." - Jack Abramoff


"Modern human beings are the only living beings that think it is a good idea to completely eliminate the competition." - Charles Eisenstein


"Every CEO, it seems, has to be made to look like a dashing Confederate cavalry general or a boardroom Elvis Presley. Real leadership has little to do with 'leadership qualities'; and even less to do with 'charisma.' It is mundane, unromantic, and boring. Its essence is performance." - Peter F. Drucker*

"Cultural paterns operate socially only in concrete situations where inter-personal and inter-group relations are actually taking place. Here, we may distinguish autistic behavior as an exclusively intra-personal function, from social behavior involving inter-personal and inter-group relations." - Eric Trist

"Just win, baby" is the credo for our corporatist society, so we shouldn't be surprised to see athletes, politicians, businessmen, religious leaders and even students use and abuse every weapon at their disposal to achieve their goals. If we don't like the results, we have to speak up, vote for and put our hearts, minds and energy into better government, law and order, honesty and fairness." - Hal Rothberg

The CEOs of 10 Wall Street firms that either failed or received taxpayer bailouts were paid an average of $28.9 million per year in the years leading up to the Wall Street meltdown. Their average pay this decade, calculated through 2007, equaled 575 times the median American family’s 2007 income.

“Fat cat compensation has nothing to do with good corporate performance. These CEOs were exorbitantly compensated for driving their companies off the cliff. At a minimum, Congress must ensure that corporate leaders are paid for long-term performance, not short-term illusions." - Robert Weissman

At the core of every massive corporate unraveling, whether it is Sunbeam, Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Tyco, Adelphia, Long-Term Capital Management, Kmart, Schwinn, Motorola, Rubbermaid, Quaker Oats, Iridium, Conseco, Johnson & Johnson or the Helmsley Hotels, sits a hypercompetitive manager or CEO.

"At a minimum, those whose competitiveness makes their reach exceed their grasp are ineffective and unethical; at a maximum they are downright detrimental to society." - Barbara Kellerman

Hypercompetitive individuals often think their self-worth is contingent on winning. When they start any activity, their first thought is, ‘I need to win.' "- John Tauer

"The take-no-prisoners competitors can be very successful much more rapidly than win-win competitors, mainly because they are obsessed, single-track and totally focused on their own desired result." - Denis Waitley

Hypercompetitors when asked to imagine an Earth without competition foresee a general collapse of the moral order. Some truly believe we would cease to exist were it not for competition.

The gist of this category of competition is self-aggrandizement, at the expense of others. This is a narcissistic behavior. Hypercompetitiveness individuals typically may succeed in many parts of their lives, but interpersonal, especially intimate, relations are often deeply troubled.


Hypercompetitors ignore feedback effects.

Hypercompetitors lack both insight and empathy.


"In healthy people, the more you activate a portion of your frontal lobes, the more accurate your view of yourself is. The more you view yourself as desirable or better than your peers, the less you use those frontal lobes."- Jennifer Beer

A 2002 study in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology examined romantic relationships of hypercompetitive individuals and found these individuals reported lower levels of honest communication with the partner, greater infliction of pain on him or her, stronger feelings of possessiveness, higher levels of mistrust, stronger needs to control their partner, lower ability to understand their partners perspective, and higher levels of conflict.

"The more secure you are in your own self and your own abilities, the more you know yourself, the less you feel you need to prove something to others."- Richard Ryckman, psychologist

On December 23, 2009 John Baldoni posted How to Crack the Self-Awareness Paradigm on HarvardBusiness.org.

"For example, you may think you communicate, delegate, supervise, and recognize others well, but until you receive others' opinions on these things, you cannot truly know." - John Baldoni


The destiny of the wolf cub is to become a wolf,even if it is reared among the sons of men.

boys behaving badly

"The destiny of the wolf cub is to become a wolf,
even if it is reared among the sons of men." - Saadi of Shiraz

David Korten reports research shows a high proportion of CEOs of major corporations exhibit the traits of antisocial personality disorder.

Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse:
How to Spot Moral Meltdowns Before it’s Too Late - A Focus on Ethical Culture

Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is a mental disorder defined by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual: "The essential feature for the diagnosis is a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood." Considered essential features of the disorder are deceit and manipulation.

Common characteristics of people with antisocial personality disorder include - persistent lying or stealing; recurring difficulties with the law; tendency to violate the rights and boundaries of others (property, physical, sexual, emotional, legal); aggressive, often violent behavior; inability to tolerate boredom; disregard for the safety of self or others; lack of remorse for hurting others; superficial charm; impulsiveness; a sense of extreme entitlement; lack of guilt; relentlessness; recklessness.

"There are few social sanctions - as contrasted with legal or financial ones - for bad behavior. Executives who have served jail time are back on television and are still celebrities. More to the point, they aren’t shunned by their colleagues. The prevailing mood seems to be, as long as people retain enough wealth, they can buy their way back by donating time and money. If we are serious about enforcing norms, then there have to be real sanctions." - Jeffrey Pfeffer

The CEO of Whole Foods market, John Mackey, made anonymous internet forum postings disparaging Wild Oats market from 1999 to 2006 with the intent to drive down the value of Wild Oats. John Mackey posted comments stating the company "has no value and no future" and that management "clearly doesn't know what it is doing." Whole Foods made a hostile takeover bid in February 2007. The postings came to light due to a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit over monopoly issues. (Once Whole Foods put Wild Oats out of business they introduced a new line of "natural food" which turned our to be standard non-organic chemically processed supermarket foods. Gotta love the greed, sabotage and lying exhibited by American Aristocrat and hypercompetitor John Mackey!)

"Mid-level managers are not “evil” people in their everyday lives, but in the context of their jobs, they have a separate moral code which make up the “fundamental rules of corporate life”: (1) You never go around your boss. (2) You tell your boss what he wants to hear, even when your boss claims that he wants dissenting views. (3) If your boss wants something dropped, you drop it. (4) You are sensitive to your boss’s wishes so that you anticipate what he wants; you don’t force him, in other words, to act as a boss. (5) Your job is not to report something that your boss does not want reported, but rather to cover it up. You do your job and you keep your mouth shut." - Robert Jackall, Moral Mazes



Chainsaw Al

Known as the turnaround specialist and downsizer, "Chainsaw Al".

Drastically altered the economic status of Nitec, Scott Paper and Sunbeam.

Engineered a massive accounting fraud at Nitec, a paper-mill between 1974 to 1976. Nitec's $5 million profit for 1976 was actually a $5.5 million loss. Nitec sued Dunlap for fraud, but was ultimately forced out of business.

Engineered a Scott Paper merger with Kimberly-Clark in 1995 which netted him a $100 million golden parachute - suspected of irregularities.

Took over as Chairman and CEO of Sunbeam in 1996. Hostile takeovers of camping gear maker Coleman and coffee machine maker Signature Brands, best known for making Mr. Coffee and smoke detector maker First Alert. Sunbeam reported record earnings of $189 million in 1997 of which the SEC estimated $60 million were fraudulent. Paid $15 million to settle shareholder lawsuit, was fined $500,000 to settle the SEC's charges.

Banned from serving as an officer or director of any public company.

In a review of the book "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson Business Week reported that Dunlap "scores pretty high on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist."



Ambition is a tricky devil.

Envy and greed is the result of too much ambition.

Sloth is the result of too little ambition.



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