The competition

However well things are going, from time to time you might get worried about the competition – people who do what you do, who look like they might be doing it better or cheaper. It’s important to know what’s going on, to think about what you can learn and why. And it’s even more important to think about what it…

Recommendation: Joe Marchese on the attention economy

This is an interesting piece from REDEF on what happens next in the competition for our ears, eyeballs and thoughts, with a link to a reading list at the bottom. Recommend. Organic food became a multibillion-dollar industry as people took a greater interest in what they put in their bodies. The markets will be even bigger that are shaped as people begin…

New axes (play your own game)

As in “axis”, plural – sorry if you’re disappointed. We can’t win at everything. The good news is that you’re in charge of what you’re competing on. Kids find this hard to learn, but it’s true: if you’re not racing, you can’t be beaten. We do well when we remember this when we’re tempted to compare our cars and homes,…

When there’s no competition left

96-year-old Roy Englert runs 42-minute 5K to shatter age-group world record. Englert, 96, runs 5000m in 42:30.23 to set age-group record. Virginia native already held the records in 800m and 1500m. … Englert, a retired attorney, credits his late-career success to not to any natural gift but dogged persistence. “I don’t consider myself that much of an inspiration. I’m a…

Champion, or Ways to Win (1)

There are a couple of types of champion: Noun 1 A person who has surpassed all rivals in a sporting contest or other competition [as modifier] ‘a champion hurdler’ [OED] This is the winner, the vanquisher of foes. We all enjoy being this kind of champion – as individuals (probably especially as individuals) and as part of a team (“We are…