How Competitive Are You, Really?

LIFESTYLE

Zoe Samuel

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Competition is part of human nature. From the Olympics of the ancient Greeks to today's football championships, competition has been the driver of all human development. The age of empires is what drove European expansion and what we now have in globalization. The gilded age is what drove robber barons to build towering skyscrapers, huge bridges, and even libraries they could slap their names on. Without competition, we would not have Facebook, Google, the space program, or a map of DNA.

Competition need not always be between people. The deadly Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, which draws the top talent in the sport, is a race against time. Scientists often race against time and other scientists as they race to publish their research. Entrepreneurs race to get their businesses ready to roll out, worried that market conditions or customers' needs could change. In ultramarathons, runners compete against each other, the clock, and the unforgiving environments they run in, like the wastes of Africa or Iceland.

So how competitive are you really? Would you give up your life savings and time to build a business that will outlast you? Would you run your legs to bloody stumps to win an insane foot race? Deep down, when you think about it, how competitive are you really?

How do you take losing?

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How hard do you train for competitions?

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Do you play a sport?

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At dinner, when your favorite dish is running out and other people are eating it, do you try to out-eat them?

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Under what circumstances would you cheat at cards?

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How rabid a sports fan are you?

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Have you ever considered cheating at a team sport?

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Have you ever sabotaged a work colleague?

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If you were playing a game with someone's child, would you let them win?

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When you drive somewhere, do you feel affronted when someone passes you on the motorway?

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Do you view queueing as a race?

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Do you ever challenge your peers to an arm wrestling match?

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Do you ever plot your career like you're planning the siege of Leningrad?

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Do people often ask you to calm down?

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Do you ever think you would be a great soldier?

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Do you have a favorite host from The Grand Tour?

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Do you ever find yourself shouting at the television?

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Do you ever get competitive about how your pet is the best pet?

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Do you worry about keeping up with the Joneses with regards to your home?

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When you host parties, are you trying to outdo everyone else's parties?

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Do you wear the most expensive clothes you can find?

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Do you rank the TV shows you watch?

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Do you work in a profession that is inherently competitive?

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Do you watch professional wrestling as though it is a real sport?

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What's the most competitive workout routine you do?

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Do you refer to your local sports team as "we" and not "them"?

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Do you golf?

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When you fail at something, how much do you curse?

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Does your competitive streak extend to your kids or your proteges?

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Do you secretly love it when your train overtakes someone else's train?

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