Go beyond competition.
Working hard can be the laziest form of competition.
If you would just keep working hard, you would become dispensable sooner or later — because there is always someone who works harder (and at a price cheaper) than you.
Don’t get me wrong — working hard is essential to make you good. Or to gain a mastery of something. But it’s just one piece of the puzzle.
Another piece is to do things differently. But, as you can easily imagine, just doing things differently can lead you to be a weirdo.
It isn’t until you work hard and start doing something differently that you see the next level of competition. Well, it’s no longer a competition — It’s an endless battle with yourself to become and stay unique. And most importantly, your uniqueness is not for your own sake; it’s for the world around you.
Let us polish our uniqueness, and use it to make this world a better place for all life.