My husband is the complete opposite, spurred on by the mere presence of someone he can best. This explains why he is so devoted to his fitness cult called Crossfit. Not only do all the other cultists work their butts off trying to do well, but the day's results are then posted on a big "white board" at the gym and also online, so everyone can see just how they performed in relation to everyone else, as if their own performance is made better or worse because someone else did better or worse, if you know what I mean. It's just plain dumb.
I have not yet watched any of the Olympics now underway in London. All I know is they cost billions of dollars to produce and Mitt Romney went there and said one tiny truth about how they weren't all buttoned up, and the next thing you know his truth is being called a "gaffe"--which tells you all you need to know about politics, doesn't it?--and the whole world is watching, except of course in India where 600 million people are without power, and someone named Ryan Lochte swam better than Michael Phelps did last time, so soon enough this Lochte fellow will be hawking something that we all better buy or eat or do if we want to succeed. Maybe this time I'll try some of whatever it is and see if things get better for me.