“Rivalry isn’t hate; it is a partnership in disguise. If you want to give it your all and be your best, you need a rival. Without one you wouldn’t be your best, you wouldn’t give it your all. “- Anonymous
A person who happened to be your competitor for the same objective or superiority in the same field of activity, the one you used to grin when you once get on top, that person they also used to compare you with and also the one you once wish to get lost is your biggest rival. Let me just ask, why does an individual keeps on competing? Or trying to be on top of one another?
Simple, because both party strive for the win. Once you win, you get the attraction which is actually overwhelming and it flatters you, right? It really feels so great being the center of attraction, feels like it is your day in the sun.
Then, what will happen next?
Your rival lost. You were able to get rid of him. You own the crown and at the same time, you got a lot of “friends” as I may call them. Everything will not be the same as what it was until things will just go back to normal from where you start the only thing that has really changed is your rival’s existence. He no longer competes with you. He finally surrendered and decided to just do things same as the people around you.
After a long time, you got tired of being the No.1. You no longer appreciate the praise that has being thrown to you. Once you got something done, you couldn’t say if you did a great job or you just simply done it without your effort. In other words, everything seems so melancholy.
Just like the movie “Megamind”, Metroman as a hero and Megamind himself as a villain. Just an analogy they were partners but in an opposite way.
Megamind was able to win over Metroman not knowing to find out that it was actually Metroman’s choice to let Megamind win. Of course, in the villain’s side, finally getting the chance to win is the most precious moment of their entire life. So Megamind explored everything that even in his dreams he could never do. Run around the streets of Metro City late at night; throw a party at the City hall and even play with the citizen’s money (literally speaking here). It was so fun for Megamind.
What he was doing became his routine and soon he found out that a villain without a hero is never a villain. Megamind needed someone to take the role of being his rival; he wanted to feel his purpose, a great villain of all time. That’s the time that he searched for a person as his subject who supposedly perfect to be a hero turned out to back fire him.
Hence, in our lives there is always a rival that would make you feel that enthusiasm for you to be able to do things at your best. It might be a friendly rivalry just for the both of you to avoid that boredom and lack of contentment towards any work or the other way around but at least you spiced up both your work habits.
It doesn’t have to be a personal rivalry all the time that you have to dance on someone’s grave. A simple competition that would lead you to enthusiasm and having that thinking of being on top of one another would surely give out the best in you. It may not be that obvious but if you try to imagine things without rivalry, it may seem to be just fine yet you will soon realize that things gone bored that you do not want to exert more effort anymore. Just show your rival what you’ve got and everything will turn out to be just fine. At the end of the day, both of you will benefit to your competition.