I am a huge fan of Seth Godin. His paraphrased thoughts below are one of my driving principles in my life and work.
The need to be recognized as the winner destroys your ability to take a turn in the game because taking your turn requires you to be in a position where you might not win.
The only way to do work that matters long term, to do your art, is to do it from a position of generosity, of seeking to connect and change people for the better.
Generosity can feel like winning, but it can never be based on it since that would require others to lose.
Simple thoughts. Create, don’t destroy.