You don’t necessarily need to be the best.
In a highly competitive World where everyone strive to be #1, there is at least two ways to achieve more than others:
1) Let everyone kill each other to become #1, and sit comfortably on the #2 seat, while saving 80% of your energy for other fights
2) Fight your own war. When it’s only you versus yourself, you are both #1 and #2
Winning a lot of small battles frequently, brings a ton more growth than dying trying to win the big war alone.
And winning against yourself leaves nobody defeated.
Choose carefully what you spend your resources on.