Let this old slave tell you an old story.
Long long ago, a man sought a hermit and begged to become his disciple.
The hermit said nothing as he took a stick and drew a line on the ground.
"Make it shorter," the hermit said.
The man knew that it was a test. He thought carefully before using his hand and flattening one end.
"There," he said.
The hermit shook his head and told him to leave.
The man left and travelled around, learning all kinds of things, before coming back to the hermit.
The hermit did what he did previously.
This time, the man took some water and flattened one end perfectly.
"There," he said confidently.
The hermit shook his head again.
The man was puzzled and asked for the answer.
The hermit took the stick and drew a longer line beside the original.
"Now, it is shorter," the hermit said.
Now, I read this story few years back, so some details might be wrong. But, the general outline should be correct.
The moral of the story is clear. If you want to be the best, either you destroy those around you, or you rise far above them, and a wise one knows which way is the best. Write a story that no matter how many times one re-reads it, they will always find something new, such is a masterpiece.