I got a shout out today during our Faculty Meeting because of some data analysis that I worked really hard on. I didn't do it to get attention, I did it to make sense of the mountain of student data that has been thrown at me. My principle was impressed and wanted to recognize the hard work and effort I had put into it. A coworker, semi-jokingly, rubbed her nose (as in brown noser) at me. Why do we have to be so competitive with each other? Why are we do hard on ourselves and each other? I would say that I am a fairly ambitious individual. I have set goals and worked hard to achieve them. However, I don't (I hope) achieve my goals at the expense of others. Why do we have to be so competitive?