Competition is a varied concept. It can be healthy, leading to innovation, progress, development of a healthy self-esteem, and a respect for the ability of others, among many positive outcomes. Of course, it can be unhealthy too: cutthroat opponents, sabotage, and rumor, among many negative outcomes. The latter is what leads some people to categorize all competition as bad, instead encouraging a sort of “participation medal” mentality.
Negative competition is rife in the demimonde. Regardless of the category one places herself or himself within this world, we are all in competition with each other. Despite this, I don’t believe jealousy is ever a valid reason to undercut a colleague. In fact, I can’t think of any reason to sabotage a colleague. But for those of us who would like to see this profession regarded as an actual profession, it is important for us to choose our friends and associates wisely and display behavior that is truly professional. I’ve yet to have a regret on this score.
As a side note: this post was inspired by personal observations.