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Publications > Dateline Houston > February 2003 > From the Editor

Volume 42, Issue 6

February 2003

From the Editor

The Importance of Competition

by Rebecca Taylor, Product Marketing Analyst, Hewlett-Packard

A significant part of this issue of Dateline Houston is devoted to recognizing individuals and teams who won awards in the 2003 STC Houston competitions. This year we had 133 entries! To some, this may signal that 133 people were looking for another accolade to hang on their wall or a few more minutes in a spotlight. Perhaps that's true. To me, it means that 133 people were willing to put their work, indeed their reputations, on the line to learn. To reach. To rejuvenate. To compete.

Merriam-Webster defines competing as "to strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective." What is the objective? At some level, the intent is as individual as each entrant. However, the result is the same. Every entry is judged by the same criteria, by impartial judges, in the same time frame, and in a similar field. Every competitor receives judges' comments and scoring, regardless of whether their entry won an award.

Good or bad, your work is critiqued by colleagues. How often do you get a chance to ask fellow professionals to drop what they're doing and review your work away from all other distractions? I'm sure you get tired of hearing that you should think outside the box. But we get so boxed in by our everyday lives and tasks, that STC competitions are a rare chance for growth that is made available to us every year through this chapter.

So in October, when it's time to think about next year's competition, I hope you'll make the conscious choice to refresh your outlook, rejuvenate your work, and reach for the stars in the STC Houston competitions.

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