Although it’s not very hard for me to find things to hate, somehow it comes quite naturally. Not the best of traits I must say, but one I can live with. So if I take a look at this list, amongst consumerism, shopaholic and Stephenie Mayer (for sins that will never be forgiven) I find myself staring at this big bold word “competition”. Oh how I loath the whole concept, man vs man trying to choose which one is better. Why?

You can’t compete with a an animal or some other creature, it’s always a man vs a man isn’t it and then there is the loser and in the right corner we have the proud winner, with his head held high because clearly he is the better “man”. Why do we need to be better than anyone? Why do we have the constant need to know we are better than someone else. Why can’t we just be equal and be happy about it.  But that would mean actually loving the whole humanity and accepting you’re just another guy/girl. That would be heart wrenching now, wouldn’t it.

I’m not saying abolish everything sports and all. I’m just saying, why can’t you just go to school to learn instead of getting a grade A? Why can’t you just enjoy a sport instead of trying to be number one? During all this fatigue of competition and trying to destroy the other we somehow lose our humanity in between and more importantly we forget the reason why we were doing the thing in the first place. Of course if you’re a bookie you’re going to declare me a witch and burn me alive.

But think about it, would the world be a horrible place, if there were no grades, there were no number one’s, you did not backbite someone just to get ahead of them , you did not cram just to get good grades.  Would it be so horrible to enjoy everything because you actually want to enjoy it. Isn’t the only competition just with your own self in the end?


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Fahim Akhter

Fahim is a product manager with over 10 years of experience currently working as product head at MONT5. He focuses on user centric centric design, especially on brand, user experience and revenue product challenges. Prior to joining MONT5, Fahim's has worn multiple hats during his career from game production to product development but the emphasis has always been on creating unparalleled user experience and to help startups to make complex products more engaging. He has worked on diversified portfolio of startups including games, apps, education and e-commerce with product reach of 10M users across the globe. Fahim is a computer science graduate from FAST Islamabad. He volunteers for education and mentors students and startups, to help them grow and drive innovation.

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