"I'm not interested in competing with anyone. I hope we all make it." ~Erica Cook
I mean, I'll play scrabble with you, hell yes I will. But I won't keep score. Feel free, though, if that's your thing. I'll even clap for you if you win, but if you want a rise from me, a little extra to fuel your competitive fire, then you probably want a different partner.
Instinct and prowess, a little ego? All good. It's how we got here, after all. It's how we picked up our first tool, hid from our first saber-toothed tiger, cooked our first foods, planted our first crops. That's survival. But I'll bet you it wasn't 'discovered' or 'accomplished' by one individual. It takes a village to see the greater needs of the whole. After all, if one dude discovered fire, kept it all to himself, well, let's just say it's pretty easy to be king when you're the only one left standing.
So go ahead. Keep your scores. No need to shove past me on your race to the top. I'll gladly step out of your way while I take in the terrain, the climate, the forageable offerings. I'll share whatever insights I have to share, but know this: if you burn yourself out in the unending race that's become your life, we can only carry you so far. You are heavy and we have worlds to build.