Caution: Explosive. Handle with care.
Competition should make you tougher. It should help get the best out of you. Only in the face of stiff competition does one's actually strengths show. No competition is a cakewalk - it is not a struggle.
Anyone who wants to achieve something must be prepared to face stumbling blocks. Call it competition or give it another name, it is only people with determination who manage to overcome and defeat all that holds them back.
Like Partha rightly put it - the real game begins after the competition arrives.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak" - Michael Garrett Marino
I will give my own experience. In our lab we started some work. After seeing the good results I have advised my scholars to make a paper for publication.They are busy with some other work. So they have taken a long time to make it. Meanwhile some other lab from other country published a paper showing similar results. Then no chance for us to publish. We have amended the work and done some more additional work and sent for publication.
So competition is not to withdraw, it is to compete.
A person is highly motivated when sufficient competition is there. That is the time to show your worth. So healthy competition is always welcome.
Interestingly there are people who are capable of doing a task efficiently but sometimes lack interest to take up it but as soon as they observe that many people are contending for same and stakes are high they also join the wagon.
So these are the people who pop out of nowhere and sometimes snatch the trophy from our hands.
Knowledge is power.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease