The ability to compete is such a critical component of our journey to develop masculinity and manliness. Too bad it’s often viewed as an unnecessary and antiquated way of operating by much of society. Heaven forbid we hold ourselves to a high standard and teach our children to keep score.
My guest today, Jake Thompson, Founder of Compete Every Day, makes the case for utilizing healthy competition as a critical factor in improving our lives. Today, we talk about why competition is so important, why executing to failure is so powerful, why losing does not necessarily equal “loser”, and why men should compete every day.
“I love competition because it teaches us about life but more importantly it creates opportunities for us to get outside of our comfort zone and reveal what we’re capable of.” Tweet That— Jake Thompson
My guest today is Jake Thompson. Jake and I met last year and an American Dream U event at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
I had the privilege of hearing him speak about the power and importance of competition and new that I wanted to have a deeper discussion with him about the concept.
The word, competition, seems to have a negative connotation surrounding it but I think you know as well as I do how powerful competition can actually be.
In a world that likes to take it easy and shy away from keeping score, Jake is encouraging more people to do it through his organization, Compete Every Day, and as a speaker, author, and coach.
“Giving every kid a trophy sends the wrong message because when they’re older they believe they deserve a trophy regardless of how good or bad they’ve done.” Tweet That— Jake Thompson
- Why competition is important
- How competition creates opportunities and builds capabilities
- What separates those who grow with competition and those who self-destruct
- How to compete at things that aren’t a competition
- Why executing to failure is so important
- Why losing does not equal “loser”
- How to separate yourself from the pack
- How to find and develop value in yourself and others
- How to teach our children to use healthy competition for growth
- Why men are uniquely desirous to keep score and how to use that to our advantage
“Unless you figure something out by doing it incorrectly, a lot of the times you don’t learn.” Tweet That— Jake Thompson
The Iron Council
On the subject of competition, I want to talk with you about the Iron Council. It’s been said that what gets measured, gets improved. That’s part of the reason that keeping score is so powerful. It gives you instant feedback on your performance.
I think we all inherently know this but very few of us are incorporating competition and keeping score into our lives. That’s actually a huge component of what we do inside the Iron Council.
This is a brotherhood of nearly 400 men who are all working together to push and motivate each other. But it goes so much deeper than that. We have a specific planning tool that will help you keep score in your own life so you have an objective look at your performance so you can improve.
We also have challenges that are issued each and every week and we will soon be competing against each other as teams within the Iron Council.
If you’re interested in learning more, head to www.orderofman.com/ironcouncil.
“The real competition is with ourselves. Did I do my best today? If I didn’t, where did I fall short and how can I be better tomorrow?” Tweet That— Jake Thompson
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“When you’re running a race, your body cannot physically run at top speed if you’re always looking to your left, your right, or behind you.” Tweet That— Jake Thompson