Here’s where I part company with my own competition, the marketing firm that wants to “eliminate the competition” and “beat them into a demoralized, quivering pulp.” I find that language offensive and counterproductive. I suppose it appeals to some testosterone-driven, club-wielding part of myself, but equating business with war is just bad for business.
Competition, especially in a free market economy, is a good thing for Americans. Competition keeps prices down and quality high as companies vie for dollars. Competition in school and sports is also a good thing as it helps kids get ready for real life. Competition ensures the best rise to the top and elevate the people around them.