Darwin never handed out participation awards.

Competition is how we got here. It’s in our DNA. And it’s the ultimate training platform, because it uses the part of you that’s programmed to survive to make the rest of you that much better. So it’s crazy that the basic principle of competition—people beating other people to make all people better—has become socially unacceptable. No, it’s not just winners who count. But it’s OK to want to finish ahead of someone else, if for no other reason, to outrun whatever’s behind you both.