A common trait of those who rise to the top in any craft or profession is a ruthless competitiveness, a desire to win, a desire to be the best. These men and women’s unbelievable competitive drive, be it from hatred of losing, love of winning, fear of failure, or another motive, is the trait that brings them to such great heights and also often causes them to fall as spectacularly as they rose. I was surprised to see only one other post about House of Cards, whose 3rd season was released on Netflex this week.
*There will be no spoiler alerts in this post*
In House of Cards, Kevin Spacey portrays Frank Underwood, whose actions paint a picture of the American Political system that shows the men and women in charge of leading the nation to be motivated by personal gain. Some people are greedy for money, others are greedy for power. One thing that all of the characters on the show have in common, they are willing to do anything to keep what they have. The fictional competitive drive that brought Frank Underwood and his peers to political supremacy is the same as the very real competitive drive that it takes to become an executive at a billion dollar company, or head of a hundred million dollar audit account, or an actual US politician. Once these people rise to the top of their profession and get these jobs, they begin to act in their own best interest, making decisions with motives including greed, selfish interests at the expense of others, and survival. The competitive spirit that allowed these individuals to rise to their positions of power also inspires them to cook the books, bribe, cheat, and lie to keep feeding their competitive need to win at all costs.