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The Races of Life

Updated: Oct 18

Life today is a form of competition; a meritocracy that exists on many levels, from your career, to the possibility of being remembered by the world, to your dating life (if you choose to date).

In order to stay as much as possible on the top on these various degrees of life’s meritocracy, you have to give people a reason to remember and value you as a person and as a functioning unit in the world’s productive machine. You have to give your employer a reason to keep you on the job and not replace you, give your audience a reason to keep remembering you, and to give your current date a reason to not search for a better partner.

Gone are the days when people were considered more worthy than others because of their ancestry. The fact that your parents or grandparents did this and that does not, at least most of the time, give you a reason to stay ahead in life's many competitive areas.

As an analogy, life can be compared to a car. If you do not maintain its condition every now and then, it will function less and other cars will stay ahead of you because they were more well-maintained than yours.

Life is therefore an arena; a battlefield of merit and competence where only the most desired and inspiring people gain all or at least most of the rewards life has to offer, given that these rewards are limited by both quality and quantity.

And remember the following: it is okay to lose sometimes, simply because there are better candidates at the current point in time. If someone's CV is better than yours, and you cannot improve your CV at the specific time when their CV has been reviewed, you just have to admit that they have the chance of replacing you at your current job. This is just an example, of course.

So, if you want to succeed in life, you have to do your best to stay ahead of the competition in whatever areas of life where the benefits are not accessible to everyone. Remember that many things in life cannot be gained by all people, as they are limited, and so you have to fight for them. Even though you don't have weapons to use, you have your merit, your achievements, and your overall behavior in your arsenal, and you can use these to your advantage in the many races of life.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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