I used to hate my competitors. I absolutely loathed them. They were taking money out of my pocket…how dare they???!?!??
A few years ago, one of my coworkers went to go work for the competition and I was stunned. How could they? They were the enemy! We talked about it and it turned out Greg got any opportunity he had been waiting years for…it just so happened it was with a different company.
Greg explained to me why he made the decision and a light bulb went off in my head.
I had prided myself on my loyalty and loved my company, but it was eye opening for a naive boy from Pittsburgh.
I realized then, that instead of looking at competitors with contempt, I should, rather, admire them for what they’ve been able to accomplish and in ways that they are better than me.
Every company has issues…it’s how you deal with those issues that sets you apart from the pack.
The next time your competition beats you…don’t get mad. Instead use it as a learning experience and work on becoming better yourself.