There are some people that are driven to win. When this drive is mismanaged it can mean that people won’t let children (or anybody) beat them in any games. Sometimes it comes out in ‘if I can’t win, I won’t play’ or they can appear to be a ‘bad loser’. All these aspects of the talent need to be managed. However, when this drive is managed well it can bring tremendous benefits.
There are some talents that some people suggest aren’t ‘Christian’ and this can be one of them. However when well used it can inspire others. Competitive people want to rise above the rest. They want their team to rise above the rest. In ministry this can mean inspiring a team out of their rut and into greater heights, reaching more people for the gospel and inspiring greater personal growth in others.
They will always be aware of what level others are at and that competitive drive to match or beat the level of others will give them tremendous energy to improve. With all talents, expecting this of others is one of the potential downfalls. Competitors might get frustrated with others when they aren’t working hard enough to rise above.
When mentoring competitive people it is best not to try and force the person to get a ‘good loser’ or learnt humility but let them understand her or his talent and understand how she or he can better manage the talent.