Why too much competition is bad for students

Winning isn’t everything

Let’s dive deeper into this belief that “winning is a force for good and success” and why too much competition isn’t as good as they say.

Competition: The Origin

The pressure to win starts early, but it's important to recognize that there's more to life than just winning. Embrace a healthy balance & focus on growth over just winning

“You’ve got to be No. 1!”

This phrase and many more seem to tell us what success means and echo throughout our lives from the classrooms to the boardrooms and beyond.

The Negative impacts

Competition in any aspect of life puts pressure on a person’s self-esteem resulting in mental health issues. The drive to do well greatly differs from the desire to beat others.

Though seen as a useful motivating force, it can often have the opposite effect. While doing this the child loses an important inborn drive along the way and is scarred in the long run.

A lasting scar

No Right Answer

As children, our textbooks had the answers to our questions, but that’s not the case when you’re an adult. So being labeled as ‘academic’ or not ‘bright’ as a child can leave a mark.

A Huge demotivator

Focusing on being the best to those around you actually demotivates more than it motivates. While the winners are praised, the message to everyone else is ‘You are not good enough’.

Failure will inevitably become very visible and stigmatized in a society that is run by competition. But there is a fix for every issue!

6 Ways of dealing with the negative effects of Competition

1) Identify the source of the competition if you feel it. 

2) Aim for personal development keeping your long-term growth in mind.

3) Learn the benefits of healthy competition and apply IRL

4) Control the stressors that control you.

5) Motivation is key, strive to keep a one-track mind.

6) Competition is not good or bad, so maintain a healthy balance

So remember kids, always maintain a healthy balance while competing. 

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