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Competing With a Fellow "X"

Updated on December 28, 2011

When i gave my first school exams as a child, i didn't know what exams were, i played with the question paper. Sixteen years passed, i learnt a lot of things in life and was now sitting for the Joint Entrance Exam for engineering in India. One question always pondered over my thoughts. there are 300000 applicants for this exam including me. in a way these people(myself included) are fighting... eliminating amongst ourselves to win the 10000 seats available. i thought, do we all know each other. Do i know a Mr. X in another part of the country who is my age and sitting for the same paper. Does he know me. Nope, we don't, still we are competing.

i have never seen X in my life. i don't know anything about him, his family, his financial status, his needs and his prospects. i am not aware of his skills. Still i compete with him. I try to eliminate him. Both of us are in a race... but there are so many contestants that i can't see him and he can't see me, but still we compete.

would he be a better engineer than i am? i don't know. is he a better human being than i am. no he's not! he is the same as me b'cause he is fighting too!! with me and that to without knowing me... :-x

Let's say both of us won and got ourselves a seat each amongst those 10k. then What happens.......


Me and my fellow X are in some priceless engineering hub of the country after fighting neck to neck with each other and many more As, Bs, Cs..... and i don't know how many are there?!

Guys... the fight is not over yet, it's just on hold for the next four years. Come the placements and jobs and we fight again. Ah! i missed him so much. Now we fight for bigger things. We join a global race. the race for success and wealth. The race for best professional careers. The race for being the best. The race for winning. Me and X keep fighting and one fine day we die and we still don't know that we fought each other.


COMPETITION...the moment i learnt what it truly was... i have hated it. Hated it to the fullest. I believe it undermines ones true potential 'cause of the pressure it puts them into. I gave up the fight with my friend X an year back when i moved above all this when i decided not to join the race of rats and pursue what i like not what people want me to like.

I put my thought forward. No one stood for me except a few, still i moved on with the thought because i feel its right for you to pursue WHAT YOU LIKE...

hey X! i have no grudges with you man... I don't wanna fight you. Hope you feel the same.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I feel your words Theresa.... the very fact that we sit in competitions where there are thousands of applicants and only a handful get selected... no one thinks about those who did not get selected ... due to some genuine or may be any reason....

      I am proud of myself in a way and relieved to an extent that I can connect and stick to what I love and I seriously hope it stays that way :)

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Rahul - Very interesting way to think about competition, that somewhere there is a Mr. X, just as concerned and stressed as you. Hmmm. Makes me think of Graduate School.

      I applied to the history program at Emory University in Atlanta and after they accepted ten of us (full tuition and books scholarship and a living stipend), they told us there were 120 applicants for the ten positions. It felt very strange, because suddenly the people who did not get accepted became real to me.

      I am glad you have mad the very wise choice to pursue what yu love, you will be happier an more content throughout your life. Fortunately for e, when I entered the graduate history program, I was 35 and I was pursuing what I really loved, but at 20 I would have made a different choice and probably been unhappy. Good hub. Theresa

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi Love! I am glad you connected with my work...and found it worth!

      Thank you for your words of wisdom and utter truth

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Great hub and what really struck me was your last sentence: your decision not to join the race of rats and pursue what you like instead of following the bandwagon is the attitude of a leader.

      As long as you are doing your very best, nothing else matters. There will always be competition in this world whether it's job-related, school or athletics. It's better to be confident of our abilities in a quiet manner than to have to be proving ourselves to others, which comes across as bragging and annoying because to be honest people just don't care! Thanks for sharing!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      It is nice to see some one sharing my thoughts Angela!!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is great I have had similar thoughts or else didn't and ran into someone I would expect!

      This has been shared! Thank You!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Well Spy.. you are right :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hahaha!! Well, the answer to your question depends on the value of "Y" on the equation. :)

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I can well understand that Spy! The whole world is fighting their Xs.... the question is... if we found them in person... would we greet them or run for their throats?

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow!! I salute you for loving X so much.. Wanted too..but X and me are always in a fight.. im a CoE.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Ah! You just got it right on spy! I am a CE.... about you??

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Rah.. Been there..Always finding that "X".. Please Math, move on, cannot find your X. And don't ask for "Y". :)

      Just a question, are you an ECE or ME? maybe CE?

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi Rose! SO glad to know I have a fellow pursuer by my side... I have too never liked it!

      Thank you for stopping by!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I've always been a dreamer more than a pursuer. So I've never liked competition and I think going after what you really like and want to do is the best thing you can do.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Considering you are either unwilling or unable to use spell check before even publishing a comment, then how can I even take you seriously, so . . .

      No offense is taken!

      The only true source of competition is from within, for instance when you learn to spell the english language then we can compete, until then we aren't even in the same league.

      This is not meant to offend, but to make a point, only you can level the playing field as I have no control over you or anyone else.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      here sir i talk about the competitive professional world where two individuals compete on a global professional level without even knowing each other but still wishing to take over the latter.

      competition with ones inner self in my opinion sir is a different podium over here.... no offence.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Is Mr. X actually yourself, after all isn't the competition with you and only you? Does Mr. X learn from your mistakes or do you learn from your mistakes.

      Do you listen to your parents or do you learn better from listening to yourself, trial and error.

      Until you get up on the horse of life you will never learn to ride, but you can read about it all you want.

      I think Mr. X is you.