She’s not your competition; Day twenty nine

blog headerAvoidance of competition may well deny us the great benefits of stretching and extending ourselves to achieve to our own outer limits – “What can I do? What am I truly capable of?” This is one of the reasons I have questioned the response of society to competition and any form of benchmarking. We have become fearful of finishing second.

There is competition in life, in many different forms, and providing ‘escape clauses’ so early in life sends out a message that competition is wrong and harmful. Competition has associated risk; maybe you won’t do as well as you thought, perhaps you won’t achieve all that you have imagined – but maybe you will find you discover your very best.

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About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".