I’m a big chicken, so I’ve spent my entire life trying to avoid competition. I hate neck and neck struggles. I either avoided the battle entirely (like with academics and team sports) or trained alone to become so good at something that there was no competition. When I jumped in the pool, I didn’t wanna feel the jitters. I wanted to get in knowing that I would easily dominate the race. Same thing with the Navy physical readiness test, I had to know beforehand that I could do the most pull ups and pushups. And nobody wants to get into a brawl at the country club wondering if they’re gonna take a spanking and get their Polo shirt torn. This is obviously a somewhat twisted perspective on sportsmanship, but if you’re scared of competition – you have to create a league of your own. This means training scientifically, continuously and much harder than everyone else. Simple as that. If you’re a chicken – you gotta put in the most work.
If you want to look better than your contemporaries – DO NOT workout with them or compare notes. Sneak off on your own, devise a winning strategy, manage your diet and hormones perfectly, and put in 10 times the work. I guarantee you will look better than your contemporaries. Chickens can be winners:)
REALITY CHECK: This essay is predicated on the reality of one’s potential to achieve success in a given area. I studied 18 hours a day every day of the week in law school and my grades were exactly the same – lame. Never sell yourself short, but select your wars based on your best aptitudes.