...more or less sums up my goals.
"Beating" someone never really worked as a strategy, it's merely a tactic in the heat of a battle.
As a student I read Erich Fromm's "To have or to be?", and it's still amongst my favourites. In essence: "Be" in the process when walking up the mountain, enjoy every step, focus on making every step a pleasure and as efficient as possible. If standing on the peak (to have) is your only source of pleasure, well, not much energy goes into the process and the pleasure will be short-lived.
That's why getting a new car is a pleasure for a day. That's why golfers spend hours and hours hacking away even after they reached 15, 10 or 2 in handicap. That's why I focus on and enjoy every turn on the pedal, and any cyclist will back me when I say the moment you start looking at the Kms left in a race you loose:
When asked why I do thingamy I cannot but say: Just because I can. Because it's important. Because it's difficult. And it gets me out of bed every morning with a smile on my face. Best is that I see no peak; not when finished, not with next version, not when many uses it, not when everybody uses it, there will always be lot of room to make it, the use and the life for the user better every day. Discovery to be found around every bend. Goodness.