Competition: The Positive And Negative Effects Of Competition

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From a young age, parents and teachers encourage children to compete. Teachers give preschoolers stickers for coloring the best, parents reward their children for being the top of their class, and teams get trophies for winning competitions. According to the book Remix, such reward systems are meant to motivate people to be competitive and do their best work (Latterell 185). However, some people worry that too much competition is not always beneficial. Specifically, New York Times states that “watching a peer receive a trophy and not receiving one yourself can be degrading” (Abate). People are encouraged to be competitive, but competition has positive and negative effects such as raising the bar for people to work harder, making expectations too high, preparing people for the future, and causing some people to go against ethical standards. One positive effect of competition is making people work harder. Competing can motivate people to perform at a higher level, and competitions expose people to others’ skills, techniques, and abilities. According to the book Remix, creativity thrives in atmospheres that expose people to others’ talents (Latterell 186). The Beatles are a prime example of the idea that increased competition can push people to work harder. In the essay “We Can Work It Out: The Beatles’ Creative Competition,” author Bruce Glassman states that none of the Beatles’ members could have individually achieved the level of creativity or fame that they did through

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