- Jan 11, 2011
I agree with most of the things you've said, except your conclusion. Competition is necessary because not all (probably most) people AREN'T self-motivated. When you have a big company like Intel, the chances of most people being self-directed is pretty low. In my experience, most of the people who are intensely self-motivated end up in academia.There are people that excel in life without relying on others to motivate them. And there are those that only advance because competition requires them to do better.
So, no its not required.
Excess competition also causes social issues. People are under tremendous pressure to lie and cheat to get ahead. What about damage to the environment or to our health? Did you read about the pressure Apple's Chinese factories put on workers to meet deadlines? Employees are scrutinized by fractions of a second for their productivity.
As far as stress, the environment, that's our culture. We can still have business competition without all that if we (society) decided to.
It is great to see you! Although we didn't always agree, our conversations were always interesting, and your knowledge and experience really added to the board. I know that due to time zone differences you're not around much anymore, I hope you are doing well and enjoying Taiwan!And you were right, I completely agree and fully admit I was very much wrong and misguided by that line of thinking back then.