"A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no compassion is dead. A man with ambition and compassion for his blessings on earth is ever so alive."
Pearl Bailey


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


Chimps outwit humans in games of strategy

common chimpanzees are more competitive with one another than humans are
humans, in contrast, are highly prosocial and normally quite cooperative
Note: televised game shows are to teach humans to mimic apes !
Welcome to Planet of the Apes !!!

"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

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

Competition is essentially detrimental to every important aspect of human social interaction.

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

A narcissistic state of mind requires competition.

Narcissitic individuals compete to establish themselves as the most intelligent, the most attractive, or the wealthiest. Narcissitic individuals compete because they desire acknowledgement, recoginition and they do so in an attempt to be seen 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." - Jean Twenge

Social Darwinism

American concepts of competition rest on false assumptions centered around the concept of Social Darwinism.

Most major accomplishments throughout human history have been achieved simply out of a desire to discover or create.

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 messianic pyramid squatting Supreme Leader, in ancient times half man-half god, the son of a sexual union of a mortal woman and a male patriarch procreator god;

competition between "legal persons" occurs on a level playing field;

imperialism is justified as certain 'races' are superior.

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

The phrase 'survival of the fittest' implies internal struggle among members of a species is the overriding concern. This is a fundamental misunderstanding of Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection which states explicitly that survival is dependent upon many changing environmental factors.

"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

Group cooperation contributes far more to reproductive success within the group than competitive inclinations of individuals directed within the group.

Assume 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 consumes the group to the point where there is a question of the continued viability. If the other males are all wiped out then if reproduction continues it will be between close family members.

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.

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

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

Cooperation is pervasive within any successful grouping of humans.


The second myth is competition mints Übermensch

The truth is genuine self-respect and self-esteem is best built outside of competitive frameworks.

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 Morn is called upon and proudly delivers the correct solution.

Orson's failure has made it possible for Morn to succeed in being recognized.

To a Zuni, Hopi, or Lakota native American, Morn'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 even one single culture does not exhibit it !

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The third myth is that competition is 'fun'.

Play is fun. Playful competition can be fun. Competiton can be defeating.

The original concept of play emphasizes process before outcome.

Once you introduce a 'need', an outcome, to any acvtivity then you have shifted the nature of the activity engaged in from 'play' to 'work'.

Play is for fun while work is for survival.

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 MICE culture managed 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.

High levels of conscious orientation toward mastery of skills were found among the highest achievers, but the top achievers showed low levels of competitiveness.

Competitiveness consistently correlates negatively with achievement. Those high in achievement were low in competitiveness. There were focused on the task at hand and were not concerned about monitoring performance.

competitive truth

"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

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

The benefit 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.

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

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"I'm a hypercompetitive individual."
Jack Abramoff


hypercompetitors ignore feedback

hypercompetitors lack both insight and empathy

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

"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

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.

"Hypercompetitive people often think their self-worth is contingent on winning. Start any activity, first thought: 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

The gist of this manner of competition is self-aggrandizement, at the expense of others. This is a extremely narcissistic behavior.

Hypercompetitiveness individuals may suceed in many parts of their lives, but interpersonal, especially intimate, relations are often deeply troubled.

2002 Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology examines romantic relationships of hypercompetitive individuals and finds these individuals report lower levels of honest communication with the partner, greater infliction of pain, stronger feelings of possessiveness, higher levels of mistrust, stronger need to control, lower ability to understand another 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

2007 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 from 1997 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

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, made anonymous internet forum postings disparaging Wild Oats market from 1999 to 2006 with the intent of driving 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 capturing Wild Oats. The postings came to light due to a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit over monopoly issues.

2009 "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, How to Crack the Self-Awareness Paradigm,

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

Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse:
How to Spot Moral Meltdowns Before it's Too Late

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

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

"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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