Survival of the Fittest

Meritocracy

Survival of the fittest describes the idea that, in nature, there is competition to survive. It is a metaphor representing the struggle for existence. 99% of all species that have been on earth are now extinct. What enabled that other 1% to survive? Their ability to evolve, and to become the most fit.

I’ve always believed that the cream rises to the top, no matter what. If you are good enough, you will win. We live in a competitive world, so I’ve experienced this at every single stage of my life. The best students eventually rose to the top of their class, the best athletes eventually earned scholarships and continued their sports careers when others didn’t, and professionally some people will excel in their fields while others struggle to stay afloat.

I’m a very competitive person, but personally, I value creation over competition. I think focusing too much on beating someone else ultimately limits the creative process. Regardless though, we are all forced to compete; that’s just a natural law of the world.

In this world of competition, the realization that I have come to, is everyone is trying to do what I’m doing. Content creation is the direction the world is moving in; blogging, podcasts, and video shows are becoming more and more popular, and people are turning to those outlets to make money. The market is saturated, and one thing is very clear: only the best content will win.

Meritocracy is defined as an elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class, privilege, or wealth. Fortunately, in the U.S., this is the system we find ourselves in. Are some people born with an advantage? Absolutely. The family you were born into and the color of your skin are common complaints. It’s important to realize though, these are only short-term advantages. Ability and talent are the great equalizers, and in the long-run, the most talented people will make their way to the top. Work hard, stay patient, and if you’re good enough, you will win in the end.

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