Competition started even before conception. You and I had to race against millions of sperm cells. A healthy adult male can release between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation. source
In life, the race is only against yourself so run it tactically and not desperately.
Humans often run the rat race in a bid to impress others. What will be your story when they leave?
When you strive to be successful, don't be competitive about it. Be optimistic and plan for success as well as failure.
Life is full of opportunities and pitfalls.
Be happy when you run the race of life.