TOEFL Essay Topic 705 - Some people say that the best preparation for life is learning to work with others and be cooperative. Others take the opposite view and say that learning to be competitive is the best preparation. Discuss these positions, using concrete examples of both. Tell which one you agree with and explain why.
Competitiveness and cooperativeness are both important qualities in life. Obviously probably no one learn just one or the other but
Competitiveness and cooperativeness are both important qualities in life. Obviously probably no one learn just one or the other but depending on the family and the school the focus tends to be towards one or the other.
Being competitive you demand the best of yourself to get a goal you desire and in that way you can develop your aptitudes. It is within human nature to constantly compare ourselves with our neighbors and competitors wishing to be better than them. This instinct may be an excellent motivation but whether or nor depends on how we focus this competitiveness. If there isn’t any other motivation than to compete we will surely eventually get tired of what we are doing.
On the other hand, working cooperatively with others you will learn invaluable social skills. Sometimes someone in your team will be better than you concerning a specific ability and you will be able to learn from them. Working in a group you are able to learn how to cooperate with other people being productive at the same time. Finally, leadership is a quality that you can only get working with others.
This two opposite angles of approaching to life can also be complementary. Probably the most qualified workers on any field are those who are able to work comfortably with others being competitive at the same time. For example, research scientists can’t work by himself on any field, but need the feedback from their peers, first to compare and corroborate their results, and secondly to inspire the desire of contribute in a competitive way towards a common goal.
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