"For me to win, you must lose" mentality is a waste of energy. It does serve a purpose for those at the top to keep everyone else scrambling for a higher position. This is quite profitable, of course. This game is rigged for preferred groups to have a larger portion of seemingly "limited" resources. They set the rules on who gets rewarded, and we are minions who play their game.
In a collaborative culture, everyone makes a unique and valuable contribution. There are no winners or losers, only people organized around a shared purpose. When no one needs to hoard resources, there is plenty for everyone. The balance between our needs and what the earth provides is easy to maintain. Resources are not limited, and true creativity is unleashed. Everyone can share the cup of belonging and make a valued contribution to their family and community.
Collaborative culture begins as individuals recognize the futility of competition and challenge their egos to release fear programming that tells them they need to "win" to be "somebody." In truth, we are all someone - winning is not required to claim selfhood.
I am not in competition with anyone. I am in a league all my own, called being me. Doing my personal best is what drives me. My internal rewards are far better than any cup or prize someone "important" could bestow on me. I have taken my power back. I am important.
Do you see how liberating this is?
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