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Competitive Nature — Changing From Competition to Collaboration

Competitive Nature — Changing From Competition to Collaboration

Sport has existed since the origins of civilization due to our competitive human nature.

Sport: noun. An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Competition has been a staple of society throughout history.

The definition of sport can vary to some, with E-Sports (video games) and lawn games such as cornhole becoming nationally televised events these days!

People are finding ways to become experts at niche sports.

Recently ESPN2 showed a live Ultimate game for the first time. Parts of modern culture have grown bored of the classic “American” sports such as baseball, basketball, and football. Golf and tennis are growing due to this emerging trend, along with the World Series of Poker, bowling, darts, lumberjack competitions, “the Crossfit Games”, eating competitions, and even drone racing.

Humans love to see a winner; they also love to see a loser. The occupants of the Roman Colosseum wanted to see death every time.

Modern sports no longer have the death aspect, however the UFC is close! Some of the knockouts I have seen this summer have had potential to be lethal. This was so fast the poor guy had no clue what happened, and I’m not sure he ever will.

Competition is not just in sports, but in life. Everything these days is a competition, businesses, workouts, social media, the list goes on. I love competition, but collaboration brings better results. Obsession with sports in our culture is a problem that I am guilty of adding to. I love to watch sports, I love learning more about sports and the players, I like wagering on sports, and I most of all love attending and playing in live sporting events.

When my college Ultimate team, Colorado Mamabird, collaborated with each other we won the 2014 Collegiate National Championship.

Instead of always competing with people, try to collaborate and see if you can get results that you didn’t think were possible.

As much as I love sports, I believe as a society we will benefit more from working together instead of turning everything into a competition with winners and losers.


Andrew Commander

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