Whether it's business or sport, having a good competitor is what makes the game worth palying. A good challenger forces you to perform at your best and keep up your guard at every turn. Just knowing that there is someone watiting for you to falter and take advantage of your weakness should energize you to stretch beyond what you believe is your best. There is no contest without a challenger, and that's what keeps you striving and perfecting your gameplan. So, the next time you hear yourself muttering about teh competition, remember that she is the reason you keep getting better.


Vicki Donlan is former publisher and founder of Women’s Business Boston, a 25,000 controlled-circulation newspaper devoted to women in business in the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island region. She is a regular guest discussing women in business on New England Cable News' Business Day. Her first book HER TURN Why It's Time For Women To Lead in America was published in September 2007 by Praeger Publishing.

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