I am a competitive person.
When I was an athlete, I wanted to do my best. It made me upset when I got to college and was no longer among the fastest in the meets. As a coach, I love to be able to take athletes who were not good and make them into athletes that are competitive. In work, I love trying to be the best teacher I can be. I love looking for new lessons. I love watching shows on television the can help me better teach information to my students.
I cannot understand why some students and student-athletes are so noncompetitive. I have kids on my track team who could care less whether they win or lose. There are some who don't want to be put into meets. There are several who are so inconsistent with their practicing that it makes no sense to me. They either are not attending practices regularly or when they do attend, they do not try as hard as they are capable of doing.
I don't understand.
I talked with a friend of mine who said that he would rather work with people who suck and are competitive and confident rather than someone who is really good and has no confidence.
When I was younger, this would not have made any sense to me.
Now, I totally understand.
I would rather work with people who are horrible at their job/sport, but who care. I would rather work with people who are going to try. I would rather work with people who are willing to work to improve rather than people who are really good but don't care at all.