How Competitive Are You?

Ranga

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Dec 31, 2008
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Thinking about the Kelly thread -

I wasn't born with that compulsion to win at any cost, but I also don't mind mixing it up (especially now that the surf is crowded af). In my work world, I'm surrounded by hyper-competitive-self -esteem-tied-to-results types, and the dynamic there is almost farcical.

Winners win, as they say, but I'm pretty apathetic about serious competition on most levels. The stakes just aren't that high I guess. . .

How competitive are you?
 

hammies

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Apr 8, 2006
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Sailboat racing is pretty much the only endeavor I am competitive about. No other sports, and certainly not work.
 
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One-Off

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When I run on the Strand I don't like it when people pass me. It rarely happens and when it does the person usually stops a mile or so ahead. As I get older I have to resign myself that the young bucks will pass me.

ps driving a vanagon the last 15 + years has helped accustom me to being passed.
 

Waterlogged05

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with the entire lineup? meh as long as im competent. Always someone better and worse.
when it comes to my small group of friends. Oh yea it's an unspoken contest every time.
When I was a really small kid I surfed alone a lot and I hit a ceiling until I had a few people I surfed with regularly.
Pushing yourself to outdo your friends makes for faster progression
 

kane

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It's never a race but I try to win. Haha
Even try to bang better than the previous guy.
 
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To me, part of the appeal of surfing is you're just challenging yourself vs the ocean. Competing vs other people is antithetical to surfing imo.
 
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Sharky

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I believe there is some truth to the saying, "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a consistent loser." But then super competitive people tend to be miserable. At least that's what the people who are losing tell themselves when they lose yet again to some super competitive, insecure, man-baby.

And for the record, I want all my waves, your waves and your friend's waves, but I could really care less about who is in the garage ruling the ping pong table.
 

000

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Feb 20, 2003
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waves are such a limmited resource i dont even surf with friends (or wife) anymore
 
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Ranga

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I believe there is some truth to the saying, "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a consistent loser." But then super competitive people tend to be miserable. At least that's what the people who are losing tell themselves when they lose yet again to some super competitive, insecure, man-baby.

And for the record, I want all my waves, your waves and your friend's waves, but I could really care less about who is in the garage ruling the ping pong table.
I don't want all the waves. Just the best ones.
 
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