One of the more complex challenges when learning, researching or studying is that there is no “race to run”. You can’t “beat someone else”, or make it to finish. For vendors and industry certifications, the exam is a challenge that comes at the end of the ‘race’ but who are you competing with ?
Learning is about competing with yourself. Only you can run the race against distraction, easy choices, or just being lazy.
Many people ask me why I’m opposed to sporting competitions. And it struck that my life doesn’t involved competing with other people. Sporting competitions are life events where you prepare endlessly to finally compete against others players. It’s relatively easy to visualise your competition and get motivated – run a bit harder, train a bit longer, lift a bit more weight.
Competing with yourself, though. That’s really hard.