“Why do people ‘kick the ladder down’ behind them?”

“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves.” off.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Competition is a good thing as it can bring out the best of us, but we should know when it’s time to “take it down a notch” before it gets counter-productive. I’ve made an observation that people are more competitive with others similar to them. They are more envious and critical when they can relate more to the persons on the path to improvement. “I figured it should be the other way around since you are familiar with the factors this person has to face then an instantaneous bond  is shared.”

Once someone has achieved a goal they often “try to kick the ladder down”. They don’t want others to share their success and more often than not feel threatened by others making power moves. The advantage over others is necessary to fuel their ego. These in my opinion are very shallow minded, insecure people.

For example; You have started a successful ‘convenient store’ that grows into a supermarket. Now basking in you’re success you’ve made the decision that you need to import some top brand name products since the local products aren’t to your standard anymore. This is unethical business as the local products helped your small ‘convenient store’  develop in the first place. Growing with the other local businesses would be more beneficial than being sucked dry by the bigger distributors and brands.

Now if a colleague starts a successful business, lets say manufacturing luxury suits. It’s not a smart move to create another suit manufacturing firm. Yes you might pull some business away from him, “but wouldn’t it be more productive to start a chain of dry cleaners or custom tailoring business to add industry?” The message here is complementing rather than trying to compete for the same niche.

“Have you ever seen one tree grow in a Jungle?” It’s an ecosystem working together allowing the tallest trees to grow comfortably while other organisms thrive as well due to the protection of the multiple trees.”

In other words ‘kicking the ladder down’ is pointless. Healthy cooperation is what is necessary in business and in life.

I was in a conversation with a good friend and colleague Mr. Desroy Reece about future aspirations and ideas. I mentioned I intended to persue my master’s degree in Marketing. He responded. 

“If you’re going to do that then I’ll do something else, to share the knowledge base between us would be better.” 

-Desroy Reece

You can always recognize broad minds instantly. It is imperative that you build a capable team and network to sustain and execute your ambitions.  Now as I said in a previous post you wouldn’t understand until you are in a family like mine. Have a read : The Family

Lev 27:30-33 – ‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord.’

Give 10% of your income to the lord is what churches tell you, my mother is very religious and so I have been raised under the christian faith. I believe the values and teachings in The Bible is essential to a prosperous life.

“Now my interpretation of the verse is; to be progressive in life you have to share your knowledge and wealth. A sense of  duty to your community is necessary, sharing is caring. I’m sure if  you are a generous person you’ll reap the benefits in the long run.”

4 thoughts on ““Why do people ‘kick the ladder down’ behind them?”

  1. The only thing worse than kicking down the ladder is the crabs in the bucket situation, but that’s for another day. Wiser words have not been written and if there are any, they are in a book, haha. By the way, I just posted that piece I told you about…

  2. Good Post Brian ….Competition shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further….this is a very true statement … after competition has carried you to that certain point, increases in competition would be counter productive .. In economics its called the Law of diminishing returns….Keep it up Bro

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