Dear Insecure Dreamer…

Each time I listen to a success story being told, there seems to be a subtle element of competition in almost every one of these stories.

I have seen people fighting for dreams not because they necessarily wanted to make it, but simply because they wanted to outdo someone else. Many believe that the fact that they share the same goal or dream with someone automatically makes them competitors.

There is nothing wrong with being motivated by someone else or emulating the good you see in others. The problem comes when you feel there can never be a success story that excludes your name. It is possible for two or more people to share the same dream – even when you have nothing else in common – without having to compete with each other.

At the end of the day, we have so many people who are fighting for the same cause, believe in the same principles but barely maximize their potential because they would rather compete for an imaginary championship. They believe that in order to get what they want, they have to compete with anyone who has the same dream as theirs. So that, in the end, only their name is exalted above anyone else’s.

I have never quite understood how people get to the conclusion that there is only room for one person at the top, so that all they are striving for recognition rather than excellence. It’s funny how you might spend your whole life thinking you are competing with someone when the only person in that competition is yourself. Save yourself the trouble. No one is trying to compete with you, we are just trying to be the best versions of ourselves. There is enough room for all of us at the top.

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