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Competition Resources

by Ron Kurtus (revised 4 December 2015)

The following websites and books are resources and references on winning in competitions.



Art of Business - Tactics and strategies

5 Strategic Ways To Beat The Competition

Get to Know Your Competition - Entrepreneur Magazine

6 Ways to Beat Your Biggest Competitor - Marketing for Success

Gambling and games

Play Winning Poker - Strategies to win games


Competition Freaks - Los Angeles Times article on competitive people

How to Win an Argument

How to Win American Idol - Psychology Today


Sports and Competition - Articles from Psychology Today

How to be a Winner - For young athletes - Psychology Today

Success: Winners and Losers - The making of a winner - Psychology Today

The Body Language of Victory - Psychology Today

How To How to win the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship


How to Win a Merit Scholarship


You can buy the following books from or at your local bookstore.

General competition

Top-rated books on Competitions

Top-rated books on Winning Competitions

Top-rated books on Winning Strategies

Top-rated books on Gamesmanship

No Contest: The Case Against Competition by Alfie Kohn; Mariner Books (1992) $15.00 - Contending that competition in all areas of school, family, sports and business is destructive, and that success so achieved is at the expense of another's failure; instead should restructure competition into cooperation

Embracing Victory: Life Lessons in Competition and Compassion by Mariah Burton Nelson; William Morrow & Company (1998) $23.00

Business competition books

Top-rated books on Business Competition

Top-rated books on Business Strategies

Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance by Michael E. Porter; Free Press (1998) $37.50 - Concepts of business and corporate strategy

Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy by Bruce Greenwald, Judd Kahn; Portfolio Hardcover (2005) $26.95 - Business Strategy for executives to show how their markets work, where there competitive opportunities lie, and how to develop and protect them

Michael E. Porter on Competition

by Michael E. Porter; Harvard Business School Press (1998) $39.95 - Noted authority on competition and corporate strategy shows that a successful company must not only adopt the best practices available but also differentiate itself from its rivals

Sun Tzu and the Art of Business: Six Strategic Principles for Managers by Mark R. McNeilly; Oxford University Press (2000) $17.95 - Application of Sun Tzu classic to business competition

Small business and sales competition books

How to Get Your Competition Fired (Without Saying Anything Bad About Them): Using The Wedge to Increase Your Sales by Randy Schwantz; John Wiley & Sons (2005) $24.95 - Selling system that tackles the challenge of breaking the prospect's relationship with your competition

Balls!: 6 Rules for Winning Today's Business Game by Alexi Venneri; John Wiley & Sons (2005) $19.95 - America's small and midsized businesses face unique challenges as they struggle to reach the kind of long-term business goals achieved by larger companies

Sports and games competition books

Top-rated books on Sports Strategies

Top-rated books on Coaching Winners

Top-rated books on Coaching Secrets

Top-rated books on Gambling Strategies

Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison; Fireside (1994) $12.95 - Winning is dictated by mental and physical conditioning giving tips on how to think about each point with winning in mind

Winning Chess Strategy for Kids by Jeff Coakley; Chess'n Math Association (2000) $24.95 - Comprehensive chess course written for children 7 to 13 years old

Train Tough the Army Way: 50 Sports Strategies to Out-Think, Out-Train, and Out-Perform Your Competition by Mark Bender; McGraw-Hill (2002) $16.95 - No-nonsense guide offers athletes the proven mental-training techniques developed by the military to prepare warriors for battle and meet any athletic challenge, crush the competition and have a great time doing it

The Mental Edge by Kenneth Baum; Perigee Trade (1999) $13.95 - Why seemingly average athletes can excel at their sport while athletes with great potential will at time never reach their goals

Critical Moments During Competition: A Mind-Body Model of Sport Performance When It Counts the Most by Roland A. Carlstedt; Psychology Press (UK) (2004) $27.95 - Why some professional athletes tend to deliver in critical situations, while others are less dependable

War and competition among nations books

Top-rated books on Warfare Strategies

Victory: The Reagan Administration's Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union by Peter Schweizer; Atlantic Monthly Press (1996) $13.00 - President Ronald Reagan and his advisers mapped out a systematic strategy to hasten the demise of the Soviet Union by attacking its fundamental economic and political weaknesses

The Art of War by Sun Tzu; Running Press Book Publishers (2003) $4.95

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, Daniel Donno; Bantam Classics (1984) $4.50 - Classic on political and military strategies and competitions



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