"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
a strong drive
to seek after
ambitiously or eagerly; to covet
cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"
and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment,
power, or the attainment of something
chimpanzees are more competitive with one another than humans are
in contrast, are highly prosocial and normally quite cooperative
televised game shows are to teach humans to mimic apes !
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
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
Competition is essentially
detrimental to every important aspect of human social
enjoyment of leisure time, and even
productivity all increase when
individuals break out of the neurotic
pattern of relentless competition.
narcissistic state of mind requires competition.
Narcissitic individuals compete to establish
themselves as the most intelligent, the most attractive, or the
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
American concepts of competition rest on
false assumptions centered around
the concept of Social
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.
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
competition between "legal persons" occurs on a level playing
is justified as certain 'races' are superior.
The first myth, the myth of
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
competition between humans is necessary.
"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
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.
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.
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
John Adams was the sole male
survivor of the party that had landed just
ten years before.
offspring was and is a difficult undertaking. Those who can work effectively
with others in the group are more
likely to be reproductively successful
Direct physically confrontational competition has always
been, and still is, a risky strategy that rarely pays off.
human groups created an inherited
predisposition for cooperation in their offspring.
pervasive within any successful grouping of humans.
The second myth is competition mints
ÜbermenschThe 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.
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 competition does not occur
in all human cultures is not inevitably a part of
human nature. No human
understood to be an innate human trait if
even one single culture does not exhibit it !
The third myth is that competition is 'fun'. Play is fun.
Playful competition can be fun. Competiton can be defeating.
original concept of play emphasizes process
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.
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
The fourth myth is that
competitiveHigh levels of
conscious orientation toward mastery of
skills were found among the highest achievers, but
the top achievers showed low levels of competitiveness.
frameworks make for the highest levels of
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.
"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 DaumThe
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.
competition can undermine
individual growth and development, as well as human
"I'm a hypercompetitive individual."
hypercompetitors ignore feedback
hypercompetitors lack both
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,
accurate your view of yourself
is. The more you view yourself as desirable or better than your peers, the
less you use those frontal
At the core of every massive
corporate unraveling, whether it
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
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
of this manner of competition is self-aggrandizement, at the
expense of others. This is a
Hypercompetitiveness individuals may suceed in many parts of their lives, but
interpersonal, especially intimate, relations are often deeply
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
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
"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
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
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,
boys behaving badly
"The destiny of the wolf cub is to become a wolf,
research shows a high proportion of CEOs of
major corporations exhibit the traits of
even if it is reared among the sons of men." - Saadi of Shiraz
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
Common characteristics of people with
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;
charm; impulsiveness; a sense of
extreme entitlement; lack of guilt; relentlessness;
"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,
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
Banned from serving as an officer or director of any public
In a review of the book "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson
Business Week reported that Dunlap "scores pretty high on the Hare
Ambition is a tricky devil.
greed is the result of too much ambition.
Sloth is the result of too little
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