If you define yourself (in any situation, personal, work, or other) by whether or not you are better than other individuals or organizations, you've already lost, IMO.
The title of this post was inspired by reading this article on YCombinator's Posterous. Also see the Business Insider article linked at the end of that article.
The key phrase I refer to (in both of the articles) is "going straight after eBay and other".
Why should you care what others are doing? Isn't just working to better yourself, enough? Monitoring others (including the "competition"), learning from others, etc., is fine, but defining your success by "going after them", "disrupting XYZ", or "being better than XYZ"? That smacks of insecurity to me ...
- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises