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Expat, Retiree or not, shouldn’t we all want to compete in this world?


Expat, Retiree or not, shouldn’t we all want to compete in this world?

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For sure we all choose to live our lives on our terms as much as we can. Some of us are competitive, whilst others are content to just enjoy the world one day at a time. I can often question my own drivers when I look at the different options in life. But just recently I realised what motivates me each day and that is I just want to compete.

Definition of ‘Compete’: to strive to outdo or excel. Compete implies having a sense of rivalry and of striving to do one’s best as well as to outdo another: to compete for a prize. Contend suggests opposition or disputing as well as rivalry: to contend with an opponent, against obstacles.

It is the drive of competition that inspires action, it gets you up in the morning motivated and ready to do something special.

Many will say competing is just due to us living in a society that forces us to be competitive in order to get by. Others will say that once they reach retirement and come to live their golden years that it is a time to take their foot off the gas. But I remain unconvinced, I think competing is the fuel to getting more out of your life.

Life is pretty simple and in order to get the most out of it we need to do things and keep our minds stimulated. To merely get out of bed and go through the motions as a retiree or even someone still at work is restricting you from squeezing more out of life. I am also sure you will feel pretty bored for large chunks of your day.

Life can lack a point unless we give it one

Although I am very satisified with my life, family and current situation – I think it’s only right for me to want more at the same time. You see the more I compete in the work place, the more nourishing my life gets in return.

Just last week I was invited to a VIP 500 guest list to an event that included King Rama X, the Queen and Princess of Thailand, the senior Government officials and 20 or so Ambassadors. It was a very cool experience and I would never had got an invite unless I put myself out there.

I continously look to develop new projects, my latest one – with two investors – is costing the best part of a quarter of million dollars. It has stretched my family over the last 10 months as we have cut back on our spending to fund this, but the thrill and excitement of trying something new was too good not to do.

It is about me pitting myself and ideas against the rest of the world to see if I can achieve something successful. If it works the rewards will be what dreams are made of. It is no different from being an athlete competing for the gold medal.

Too many of us self impose a glass ceiling on what we think we can achieve because we think success is reserved for other people and not us. We also look to our peers and see what they have and if we are broadly aligned then we are content with this. We stifle our own opportunities in this world. We can achieve much more than we realise if we apply ourselves.


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