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COMPETE: to strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective (as position, profit, or a prize) : be in a state of rivalry

COMPETITION: the act or process of competing : RIVALRY: the effort of two or more parties acting independently to secure the business of a third party by offering the most favorable terms

WIN / WON / WINNING: a. to get possession of by effort or fortune b. to obtain by work

EARN a. to gain in or as if in battle or contest b. to be the victor

You guessed it…this is of course a reference to the Olympics and the amazing athletes we have the privilege of witnessing. Most of us are watching several events and cheering for our favorite athletes and/or teams from the comfort of our living rooms, family rooms or late at night, our bedrooms. We are judging performances and applying our own scores. My husband always says that his favorite part of the games is watching all the competitors hug and shake hands once their event finishes. Most of the competitors appear to be good sports…a few have sulked away to their team bench and just cried. But when interviewed, all athletes express how excited they are just to compete and be a part of it all and that no matter the outcome, they’ve had the time of their life being one of the best in the world in their sport.

What you never hear them say is that their competitors or fellow teammates are less qualified than they are. They don’t talk against each other…not publicly…they don’t reveal another’s shortcomings. Olympic athletes compete just as much for and against themselves as they do against each other. They talk about beating their personal best, about training against goals that they’ve set for themselves, about what mistake they’ve made not their competitors’.

Why is this behavior so gratifying to me? I’ve always been told that you don’t really win anything by revealing the shortcomings and missteps of others. This is true in winning friendships as well as in winning in business. Climbing up the back of another person and making them look bad is no way to achieve your own greatness. Bad mouthing your competition instead of extolling the virtues of your own business makes you look as if you have nothing to stand behind. Being told that other publishers don’t require the same type of reporting or licensing that we do shows that your company does not know how to properly clear and license music and could put you in jeopardy of copyright infringement. Obtain the proper licenses from every publisher, not just Megatrax.

I hope everyone enjoyed the Olympics as much as I did…now if you’ll excuse me, I have to improve my time in the 100 meter dash to the couch.

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