Never malign your competitors. If it weren't for them you'd be either self-satisfied or broke. They keep you alert to your faults and aware of your mistakes. They force you to do continually better work at lower cost. They serve as efficiency experts and charge you no fee. They're your friends in disguise. Don't curse them. Thank them—and show your gratitude by giving them even more to sweat about than they give you.—S F C Spotlight
The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.—W. Allston, Lutheran Digest
A new baby arrived at a house. A little girl—now fifteen—had been the pet of the family. Every one made much of her, but when there was a new baby she felt rather neglected.
"How are you, Mary?" a visitor asked of her one afternoon.
"Oh, I'm all right," she said, "except that I think there is too much competition in this world."
A farmer during a long-continued drought invented a machine for watering his fields. The very first day while he was trying it there suddenly came a downpour of rain. He put away his machine.
"It's no use," he said; "you can do nothing nowadays without competition."