On Today’s Monday Motivation, Corry discusses Competition with Rusty Mendoza.

Rusty Mendoza is a Certified Mortgage Planner for Movement Mortgage. He has been passionately serving homeowners in California since 2001 and has been a top producer for his company for the past 20 years.   

Growing up, Rusty was diagnosed as legally deaf in the second grade. He had a difficult childhood being raised by a single mother and Grandma on a 300-acre ranch outside a small town in Northern California. Rusty is a father of two and loves basketball, golf, tennis, and long-distance running. Last year he completed his first marathon, and he has a goal to someday complete an IronMan and 50k marathon.

Watch their conversation on YouTube or listen on Apple Podcast and Spotify.

“Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity.”

Daniel Burrus


Competition only exists in our minds. It’s an illusion that limits us from becoming all we are. Though competition can be motivating for a period of time, it is not sustainable because of its roots. Competition stems from comparisons, which take our attention outside ourselves and away from our unique abilities. Competition limits energy that thrives on scarcity and the need to exceed another. The reality is that our unique, one-of-a-kind abilities cannot be compared to the next person’s unique, one-of-a-kind abilities. This is why competition vaporizes in the presence of authenticity. It simply cannot exist.

Authenticity stems from abundance, creativity, and unique expression. It runs on inspiration, making it sustainable for a lifetime. World-renowned athletes, actors, and performers achieve exceptional levels of success from their authenticity and inner drive, not competition. Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the 20th century’s best dancers, said, “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” It is possible that in his early days, he may have been competitive with other dancers, but for him to have achieved his untouchable unique expression and sustained success, he had to turn away from competition with others and into his connection with his unique ability.

We all know what competition feels like and how it temporarily motivates us. If your drive is currently coming from competition, I encourage you to step out of it and into authenticity. Don’t run on short-lived competition that dilutes your unique abilities. Shift that attention inward. Tap into your unique expression and experience the freedom and abundance of authenticity. It is an inspiration that is sustainable and cannot be competed against.

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