It’s been said, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.
We’re all on either side at some point.
It’s an important life lesson. You can’t always win.
So I have a question for you equal-opportunists out there. When did simply participating become trophy worthy?
I’m all for building confidence and appreciating effort, but life isn’t fair, and you have to learn that at some point.
Not everyone’s a star athlete, or student, or performer…although a few acting careers seem to disprove this one…
Yes, effort should be applauded, but not awarded.
The important thing is that our failures inspire and shape us…not completely elude us.
Personally, I’m on the side of the winners and losers. This honorable mention trend is all well and good, but it’s glorifying participation and creating false expectations for life.
Being overly competitive may be unattractive, but a world with no competition is a scary thought.
Competition is a natural thing (just ask Darwin). It’s the way of the world and all living things.
So whether you’re working, or learning, or about to start a two-day bike ride, give it your all but remember:
Winning isn’t everything…but it sure is a lot more fun than losing.,,or worse…honorable mentioning.
“Not Every Kid Deserves a Prize”: Family Circle
…oh Glee you teach us so many important lessons…