I've been trying to come to terms with a (business) world that is fixated on competition, crushing and winning. My own inclinations are to collaboration - building something together. I've about given up on being successful because the moment competition gets added to the mix, I lose interest and walk away. Should I not give away this weakness? Do I lack the drive to be truly successful? I wonder. Anyway, I decided to do a little research on the matter and found this really nice comment on this post. I too, have studied aikido (about a decade ago) and it made an impact on my worldview.
I was a younger woman at the time, in my early 20s and, while we did have quite a few women aikidoists/aikidota, most of my practice partners were men. And some of them were big assholes (or going through an asshole phase).
I really like what this guy says here:
That's what I'd like to see. Collaboration joins forces... sometimes for an instant, rarely for eternity.