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Excerpt — True Competition

Finding balance in competition

All competition requires finding the balance between seriousness and playfulness, between work and pleasure, between effort and enjoyment.

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Recognize competition versus decompetition

This chart reviews the major markings of competition and decompetition. Each element of competition arises from viewing the contest as an opportunity for partnership. Each element of decompetition arises from viewing the contest as a symbolic version of war.

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Intrinsic motivation supports true competition

Finding fun, excitement, interest, pleasure, and satisfaction-all forms of intrinsic motivation-in the process of contesting will help guard against decompetition. But what evokes and sustains intrinsic motivation?

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Bill Bradley touts power of competition

Former senator Bill Bradley briefly explains how competition influences his life and career.

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