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This Is What It Means To Have a Supportive Rival

Our fiercest competitors can also be our strongest allies

When we think about our rivals, oftentimes the people that come to mind are the ones whom we’re constantly trying to out-perform — a similarly qualified colleague, the co-worker who’s also angling for a promotion, the straight-A peer in your class whose GPA is just a fraction of a point above yours.

We all know these people (or can picture the sometimes stressful dynamic between Dwight and Jim on The Office), and in truth, they typically push us to work harder and better. But would you ever consider rooting for them?

When a fierce competitor becomes an ally, a source of encouragement, or even a friend, that’s called a supportive rivalry — and research shows that it has a direct impact on our performance.

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