One of the most famous Aesop's Fables is "the Tortoise and the Hare."
One day when I was a little, my grandfather asked me "do you know why the Hare lost and the Tortoise win?"
I do not remember my answer but I do remember his answer.
"The reason why the Tortoise win is he is only looking at his own goal regardless of what the Hare is doing."
Even I was a little, I got the idea, liked, and follow it. I am confident of doing something regardless of the environment or opponents. For certain things, I am very good at doing. practicing, learning something slowly but in a long run.
I am a slow learner. When I started to do something, I find someone already doing better than me. Therefore I need to be aware of my weakness and based on what I have, I need to have my own strategy to beat other hares, or I should say not compete on the same stage but stare at my own goal with zeal and perseverance.
In reality, it is also difficult to ignore hares since we are always compared and the difference between us matters. In a certain context, the number one or the first one means a lot.