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Competition-based and strategy-based life Competition-based and strategy-based life
by Joseph Gatt
2020-11-18 10:29:49
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Who am I to teach anyone lessons?

Below is just a general overview of how people who base their life on competition behave, versus how people who base their life on strategy behave.

Competition-based life

-No clear life goal.

-No clear or vague idea of what to do in life of where to work in life.

comp001_400-Apply for jobs based on imitation. If a friend works somewhere, they'll try their luck working at that company.

-Make purchases based on imitation. If family or friends purchase something, they make a similar purchase.

-Make investments based on imitation. If someone makes an investment, they make the same investment.

-Do not measure the consequences of their job, purchases or investments. Do not study or analyze the need for their job, purchase or investment.

-Talk to people to prove to those people that they are better. Anything they do or say should make them look better.

-Start wars with people who have better skills or just look better.

-Life is a series of improvised reactions. They often react immediately to any situation surrounding them.

-At work, their work is an imitation of other works.

-They don't date people because they love those people, but because those people make them look good.

-They compete with their circle of friends. When they're done chatting with their circle of friends, they are going to start making purchases, investments, or talking to people that will make them look good within their circle of friends.

-They get very angry at anyone who outcompetes them.

-They sabotage and then brag about sabotaging.

Strategy-based life

-Life is somewhat improvised but with a clear strategy in mind.

-Value the long-term over the short-term.

-Friends are important to discuss strategy with, to make those strategies more realistic.

-Jobs, purchases and investments are part or a larger long-term goal strategy.

-Goals and strategies are not necessarily financial or professional. They tend to be spiritual and intellectual.

-Strategies are not keywords and catchphrases. They are well thought-out and laid out plans.

-They don't waste time with people trying to outcompete them.

-They try to become difficult to compete with.

-They study their purchases and investments.

-Friends who try to outcompete each other bore them to death.

-Friends with well thought-out life goals and strategies tend to impress them.

-They try not to react immediately to any provocation.

-They try to get jobs or lead companies that is driven towards a strategy that is both financial and spiritual.

To sum up

The Japanese CEO vs. the Israeli CEO (generalizations of course). The Japanese CEO usually spends time reclusively observing his company, and interacting with a control tower. The control tower's goal is to check if anyone is threatening the CEO's power or reputation in any way or fashion. Anyone who threatens the CEO's power or reputation is either tortured or fired.

The Israeli CEO however usually has something else in his or her job description in addition to being a CEO. If it's a restaurant, they'll work at the kitchen, not in the office. If it's a clothes shop, they'll be a salesman in addition to being the owner. If it's a barber shop they'll be a barber in addition to being an owner. If it's a large company, they might give themselves a salesman's or work in the research and development center in addition to being the CEO.

The advantage of the Israeli method is that you are in complete immersion within the company. You are working, you see other people work, you know who comes in and who goes out. So any report you get will not be an abstraction.

The Japanese method however leads to complicated reports, because the CEO never really ventures around the company, and never really ventures around the company unannounced. So when things are not going very well, the CEO usually does not know. The Israeli CEO knows what a quiet day is and what a busy day is, when the Japanese CEO does not know.

I'll finish with this. A lot of times, when you ask people to set life goals, they are going to set financial and professional goals, as in “I want to be the CEO of a company that makes  10 million dollars a year.” What kind of company? Shrug?

But when setting life goals, and this is perhaps what the great Zig Ziglar was missing, people tend to forget to set up spiritual and intellectual goals.

That is, you could own a restaurant that makes a lot of money, then COVID hits, and you're making absolutely no money.

If you set up careful spiritual and intellectual goals in addition to financial and professional goals, when COVID strikes, you could go in many other different directions without losing a cent. Actually, when COVID hits, you'll actually be making more money than you made at your previous job. Why?

Because while everyone else was focused on making money, you, in addition to making money, cultivated other skills and mindsets that people forgot to nurture.

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