Unless you’ve been hiding a rock for the last few months, you’ll know about the upcoming Ron Howard movie – “Rush”. I’m super looking forward to seeing the dynamic between James Hunt and Nick Lauda shown up on the big screen.
Watching the Rush trailer did get me thinking about the significance of rivalries in racing. In such a competitive sport, having that person (or sometimes group of people) who get you fired up to compete can really pull the very best performances out of you. A good rival can make you be faster, try harder and work longer, just to get that little satisfying 😉 that you’ve come out on top.
However, if pushed too far, rivalries can be destructive. Friendly respect and competition can turn into hatred and savage behavior. People can be pushed to do things that they never thought they would, just to win.
You don’t need to be a racer to have a rival. There are just some people who just get you in a mood to bring your ‘A’ game. Do you have someone like that? Do you have a rival?
Do they bring out the best in you, or the devil?