Alexis at Coaches Corner offered up an article asking about the difference between hard work and competitiveness. That brought up something that I’ve wondered and pondered for a while.

What exactly is competitiveness? Does it mean different things for different people? Or does it always come down to winning against one or more other individuals/teams in some form of contest?

A dictionary definition is “possession of a strong desire to be more successful than others.” Can you also be competitive when it comes to yourself, though?

What are your thoughts?

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

Please share your own ideas and opinions.