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June 12, 2011

Is competition good for us?

It often seems that even in environments full of collaborative spirit competitions can arise. It can happen whether you're a student or a seasoned veteran…and it definitely comes into play as work is entered into awards shows. What are the effects when the drive to excel morphs into the need to win, as "your idea" is presented for selection along with differing contributions? Is there really such thing as "healthy competition"?

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05.29.11 / 11:22 PM
Being motivated to succeed is a trait that many in our industry share. We continually challenge ourselves to work harder to find the next great solution, many times with the help of those we trust most. In work places where ideas are considered creative currency, it's often difficult to not feel some sense of ownership over the work we present. With Design is Love we're sharing what we feel is one of our greatest ideas as we hope to bring a richer experience to a greater audience…together. "There are no winners or losers", just good people with good ideas, doing good things.
06.01.11 / 1:52 PM
Last year, I won an award that I didn't even know existed.
So that was a funny one!
Why worry? Do the work you love and things come around.

I'd rather be the person who gives the awards....... everyone likes to be appreciated
My friend, Andrea organizes the Kick Ass Award in St. Louis and she has a great time with it.
http://kickassawardsstl.wordpress.com/about/
06.01.11 / 7:40 PM
In college, the chairman of the art department one day spontaneously gather all the art students together in the painting studio. He announced he was going to give the CHAIR awards and then he called names and awarded ribbons. Afterward, he told us that he did gave out the awards arbitrarily and we should learn that awards can be random so don't get too attached. Don't tie your self-evaluation and merit on others whim or personal taste or politics.

Of course, I didn't get a ribbon that day and I will never forget it.
06.01.11 / 7:41 PM
I like Julia Cameron's quote : "Audacity defines the artist."
06.01.11 / 7:44 PM
My business competitors in my area have come and gone in the past 8 years,
When a new one appears, it does help me redefine myself to my customers better.
Let's say that has served me well because I keep doing more of what I want to do.
06.03.11 / 1:28 PM
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In college, the chairman of the art department one day spontaneously gatherED all the art students together in the painting studio.

He announced he was going to give the CHAIR awards and then he called names and awarded ribbons.

Afterward, he told us that he gave out the awards arbitrarily.

He said we should learn that awards can be random so don't get too attached.

His take-away advice......Don't tie your self-evaluation and merit on the whim of others. Remember they have their own needs, greed, personal taste or politics, also.

Of course, I didn't get a ribbon that day and I will never forget it.
Because by gum, I want to popular.
06.08.11 / 12:25 PM
I think that competition can be healthy as long as it does not suck the fun and enjoyment out of the task at hand for anyone involved.
06.12.11 / 7:56 PM
opening statement: i don't know if competition is good, healthy or otherwise. i do know that it is a fact of being a professional and especially a professional creative. for me, it's next to impossible to not get personal when my ideas are on the line. they are my children, my spouse, my history and my future + just about everything else. and unfortunately for me, i am a perfectionist and brutally passionate about what i do (even though i try and convince myself i am not).

case and point: last week, i didn't post to inwords and felt like shit about it. however, i didn't post because it was regarding a topic that i feel like i can't "compete" in. i typically stay quiet when i feel like i don't fully know something... that is bullshit statement... i typically stay quiet because i know that i can't say the perfect thing and therefore (in my eyes) it's easier to not compete than be mediocre.

the truth: i fully participate in and facilitate award shows and i get duplicates of the awards that are the have the most merit and/or are the most meaningful. i feel like they validate my talent, that they mean that i am good at what i do. however, i don't showcase them. they remain in a footlocker in the back of my closet. i'm ashamed by them because i am validated by them. i wish i was able to have it all be for the love of the game, but i get caught up in my own personal highlight reels and accolades.

my wish: that i become an infinite player and stop being the finite player.

in closing: i am competitive and wish to see my work on the "wall". i think that my competitiveness makes me a weaker creative. don't fuck around with passion... embrace it and buy it flowers. i need to focus on my self and not my success. we are all the most original things that we've ever come across.

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