by | Leadership


Last week, for the second year in a row, there were co-winners in The National Spelling Bee Competition.

They simply ran out of words. So, early this morning, I decided to share some thoughts on competition:

1. Competition can be helpful – providing a goal and the thrill of victory.

2. Competition can be harmful. Like many other similar activities, it can be taken too far – leading to a mean spirit and unreasonable behavior.

3. Some people are not content to compete against one person, they want to take on a symphony of everyone’s best.

4. Who drives your competitive spirit? I have a friend, a pastor, who is very successful in the ministry – as was his father. One day he said to me: “You know, I often wonder which of my fathers called me to ministry.” Of course, you must drive your own competitive spirit. You are responsible for your own competitive spirit. You can get advise, but you must make your own decision.

Competition and discernment travel together. Well, that’s it for now. I have run out of words.

Stephen is the best-selling author of 26 books, including What Do They See When They See You Coming? He has also written countless articles for a variety of publications and has produced multiple audio books and video programs. Stephen has appeared on PBS Television and XM Sirius Satellite Radio. He continues to hold one of the highest invite-back ratios in the speaking profession.