Houston Forward Times

21 August 2013 Written by  Jeffrey Boney


Kendrick Lamar Black whiteCompetition, directly and indirectly is a beautiful thing.

Competition exposes the haters and fakers in the game of life.  Competition challenges slackers, along with those who haven’t had to ever prove themselves before. 

Competition brings out the best in “real competitors” and causes them to accept every challenge and rise to the occasion with no fear or reservation. 

I have some questions though. 

Why do many people run away from competition?  Better yet, why do some people get upset with “real competitors,” who aren’t afraid to take up an issue, champion a cause or challenge the status quo? 

Competition is healthy and really, we all need the challenge of competition if we want to grow. Weak people spend more time worrying about their competitors, rather than simply competing. 

For those of you who love or pay attention to hip-hop, you probably heard about the rap verse that hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar dropped that has created some real discussion in hip-hop circles and on social media sites across the country. 

To break it down for you real quick, Kendrick Lamar dropped a hip-hop hammer when he called out certain rappers by name with his rap verse on fellow artist, Big Sean’s song ‘Control.’ 

Kendrick Lamar had a chorus on the song that included lyrics saying that while he is homeboys with most of the cats he raps with, they should know that he is trying to overtake them and take over the rap game.  His one verse shook up the entire hip-hop world; literally.  Folks have been talking about it constantly and several folks have even responded to his verse with rap verses of their own; but his verse is still the one everyone is talking about and responding to. 

Folks who know the history of hip-hop, know that a rapper gains their stripes in hip-hop battle and competition. Kendrick Lamar came after his competition and wasn’t afraid to do so. 

You can’t ever be afraid to compete in life. You can’t ever be worried that people know what you possess or know what your plans are.  You must use wisdom, but you can never be concerned about people trying to steal your ideas or mimic your initiatives. 

Like Kendrick Lamar, I love competition too, because I know who God created me to be.  I have had people attempt to take my ideas and run with them.  Needless to say, most of the folks that have done this have had little to no success; the primary reason they have had little to no success in their life, is because it wasn’t their vision to begin with. 

Those folks were just trying to capitalize on my God-given ideas and God-inspired vision, and steve jobssought to make it their own.  That can never work.  See, when God gives you a vision, even if somebody else tries to move in that space, it will never work the way it was intended. 

Remember Steve Jobs; founder of Apple?  He started Apple and was fired by the folks he brought to the table, who thought they could run the company better.  What ended up happening?  They brought him back because it was Jobs’ vision that led them to success and no one else had the vision that he had or could breathe life into that vision like he could. 

The bottom line is, if God has called you do something, no one can do it better than you. If God gives you a VISION, then He will also give you the PROVISION. 

There is a saying that “imitation is the best form of flattery.”   Honestly, I believe that anyone who seeks to imitate someone else is desperately trying to “be them” and will do whatever it takes to do it. 

They have not tapped into God’s plan for their own life and will lie, cheat and steal to be like someone else, so they can get what they want.  That person is a pretender, not a competitor. 

But check this out!  As much as someone wants to be Oprah Winfrey, there will only be one Oprah.  As much as someone wants to be Bill Gates, no one can be him. As much as someone wants to be Leonardo da Vinci, no one will be able to go down in history as him.  As much as someone wants to be Jeffrey L. Boney, there will only be one me; and there will only be one you. 

As long as I’m here on the Earth, I will forever be a competitor and I will be a competitor until I take my last breath.  Only a real competitor will understand what I am saying. Everyone else will just be a spectator. 

People need to stop being weak, worried and afraid. 

I mean, what are you worried about?  What are you afraid of?  Seriously, who in the world are you?  Where are you in this game of life? 

Hopefully, you are winning; because if you’re not, you are just spinning around on the hamster wheel of life and going nowhere. 

The game will always reveal who the real players are and who the real pretenders are. 

Step your game up “competitors” and leave these “wanna-be” competitors behind; I mean that’s if you aren’t afraid of a little competition in your life.  Time will tell. 

Jeffrey L. Boney is the lead staff writer for the Houston Forward Times newspaper, Next Generation Project Fellow and a dynamic, international speaker.  Jeffrey is the Founder and CEO of the Texas Business Alliance and is an experienced entrepreneur and business development strategist. If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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