Also Joao Nascimento , just in the spirit of critical thinking as well as clarifying my overall message, the beauty of developing an anonymous or imaginary adversary is — much to your point — you’re not really competing with anyone. At least not in reality anyway, not with anyone other than yourself. So it’s not about tearing anyone down, or trying to get the best of anyone as can be the case in true competition but instead essentially playing a trick on your own mind and using it as an internal driving force. Working to prove a group of nameless so called haters or doubters wrong has driven more than a few people to success.
All just thoughts I had since my last reply, that I thought were worth throwing into the discussion. Thanks for making me think and keeping me on my toes.