The Real Meaning of Compete

I received this interesting factoid from Brian Johnson, founder of etheos, and I wanted to share it with you.

Did you know the word compete comes from the Latin competere and means to “aim at, seek” (petere) “TOGETHER” (com). To seek together, not against, but together. Interesting how the word has been relegated to zero-sum hell, eh?!?

Interesting that our society over time has interpreted the meaning to be much different now. I love the fact that it actually means TOGETHER. What a concept! I find that things do get much easier, less stressful and more manageable when you work together with others rather than against each other.  Don’t get me wrong, it has taken me a LONG time to get this through my thick skull.

I also like the fact that SEEK is in the meaning. Because this means we need to seek answers, gain knowledge, build our strengths in learning. Sounds like school.  Life is school and there are many more people outside of our schools that don’t care whether we succeed or not. The people inside the schools and the parents care that we do succeed by learning. We can continue to learn together throughout life as we build relationships.

Lets go SEEK TOGETHER and Compete.

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