As humans, I think it's just a natural instinct to try to be better than the next one, to get more light, get more shine, more accolades, more acknowledgement than the next one. To stand head and shoulders above the crowd. The winner does get the biggest prize, after all, right?
I started being competitive when my younger brother was born. He was born when I was six. Until he came along, I was the big thing in the household, see. I ruled! And I liked it that way! ;)
But then, ut oh, here comes a boy child. I don't know if this is the case in most families, but all of a sudden, when a son is born, OMG, it's like the seas just parted or something. Suddenly, I was not the hot ticket anymore! At that point, I think I began working harder to at least be the more talented, smarter and more noteworthy one between us! I had to! And I haven't stopped~!! lol! Nothing will make you strive to achieve like sibling rivalry!
We all as humans compete for everything; jobs, status, mates, back in the olden times, food and just basic survival... Competition is a way of life, I guess. Hell, even bloggers are out here trying to compete on some level. I can't help but to notice that many bloggers step their game up either by copying what they see other bloggers do on their blogs (the majority compete like this), or by finding some new way to stand out. The second, I respect more, because that takes talent. The first, not at all, because if you have to copy someone else to step your game up, you really still suck, basically! LOL! Ya know? You're just copying somebody better than you! By that token, you will ALWAYS be second or third best! That just wouldn't work for me. I wouldn't be able to respect myself if the only thing I was good at was copying someone else! ;)
Anyways, how about you? Are you competitive, or are you one who just lays back and lets the chips fall where they will? How about only children versus those with siblings? Does having to compete for parents' attention as you're growing up make you more of a go getter? I wonder. I know I definitely had to step my game up when the siblings started coming. I'm guessing that this is a very common thing. I'm glad that happened for me though. Because now when I see someone trying to compete with me, I have the drive and ability to take them DOWN! From years and years of practice! Guess that's why I became a fighter so many years ago. It's just natural for me, dudes, just like breathing! BRING IT ON!~!!!!!!, I always say! I'm ready for you! Watch me!! ;)