Sometimes aiming to be the best at something is not all it's cracked up to be. Even when you are only competing with yourself, or aiming to be better than you were yesterday, there are often times severe implications. We usually choose one or two things to which we give our time, attention, money, and best effort. My "thing" has always been my career.
After giving your heart and soul to something for a significant period of time, you learn. You learn a lot. You learn things that you are certain others would benefit from— pitfalls, roadblocks, obstacles, and gotchas. You know things not because you possess some special super power or gift— you know them because you've done the hard work. You've walked through each success and failure, forcing yourself to recount every misstep and every "right step" with microscopic precision.
Creatives often put up with (or even encourage) more than their fair share of adversity and conflict. We love to debate. It helps the good ideas to rise to the top, while the bad ones fall to the wayside. If only everyone realized that differences in ideas and opinions are like a drug to us— an adrenaline rush. It is on these things we thrive. We don't see them through the lens of confrontation, right or wrong, or good or bad— but through the rose colored glasses that show us we will eventually end up with something significantly better.