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Quotes of the Day for 2 August 2004 – Competition

Late last month, reader Brian Dye wrote to ask for a set of quotes on competition or endurance. As I said at the time, I could easily satisfy either, but based on Brian's activities I thought endurance was the more appropriate. He is preparing, with his wife Clara, to run the Ironman Triathlon in a charitable competition. (See ad below.) Given what Brian and Clara have put into this effort, I decided they probably deserved another plug, and to get both of Brian's requests filled. Here, then, are the quotes on Competition.

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The quotes:

The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be only sustainable competitive advantage.
     - Arie de Geus

While it's important to win, it's imperative to compete.
     - David Weinbaum

You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things; to compete. You can be just an ordinary person, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. The intense effort, the giving of everything you've got, is a very pleasant bonus.
     - Edmund Hillary

When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating. I forget it is a competition.
     - Katarina Witt

The biggest things are often the easiest to do because there is so little competition.
     - William Van Horne

Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed - there's so little competition.
     - Elbert Hubbard, 1856 - 1915

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