Competition undoubtedly makes the lives of business owners more difficult. But who said running a business would be easy? Probably not a successful businessperson.
When it comes to competition, I can tell you one thing for sure: ignoring the presence of competing businesses because you don't want to deal with them is the worst thing you can do. By contrast, learning everything there is to know about your competitors is the best way to protect your business. As long as the energy and focus you get from keeping an eye on your industry is positive and constructive, then competition is, indeed, a good thing.