What can Matt Damon stranded on Mars teach us about performance? One of the greatest predictors of high performance is the continuous presence of managed competition. No matter what the field or domain, it is human nature for us to relax and enjoy the spoils of our accomplishments if there is no one that can beat us. This is even more evident if we have all the rewards we could ever need.

However, in the real world, things change. Conditions, competitors, situations and threats that were once unforeseen become unforgiven realities, and performers need to be prepared. Competition, whether we welcome it or not, gets us ready.

Always trust a Martian botanist.