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Winning is Not Everything

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To what lengths should a man with a mean competitive streak push himself to win?

Should he risk his name and honor to beat the sh*t out of everyone?

Should he sell his soul to get what his heart desires?

Wishful thinking can metamorphose to fervent hope, gravitate to an insatiable dream, mutate to heated desire, escalate to burning ambition, then culminates in raging lust. This is when irrational thinking sets in. Unfortunately the law of gravity takes over, for no truth can be hidden forever and no lie can pass the test of the collective scrutiny and intelligence of the public.

Cue the Godfather:

“...don’t tell me you’re innocent. Because it insults my intelligence.” - Michael Corleone

Win At All Costs
Falling from grace is jarring and numbing for those who have scaled the summit. The higher they climb the harder they fall, especially those who have usurped the thrones of others. How far will you go and what price will you pay to win when you know the cost is crossing the boundaries of fair play and the probability of foul play being exposed is high?

Is it even worth it if you put into equation the stress of being haunted by your conscience? Winning by taking short cuts are hollow and never meaningful and yet in the fields of high stakes politics, business, and spectator sports, there exists an attitude of winning at all costs.

Rise AboveMediocrity
Being able to attain your personal best even if your best falls short is already winning. It proves you have risen above mediocrity and anything beyond this is a bonus.

In golf, it’s making the cut. In tennis, you reach the quarterfinals. In basketball, it’s being in the playoffs. In business, it’s being tagged a lingering threat by the industry leaders making you a buyout target. Not bad at all.

Winning Is Overrated
Things have a way of falling into place if you let them. The key to success is not to take winning too seriously for it clouds your judgment.

It hampers your style and prevents you from hitting your stride.

Winning is overrated and for those who think otherwise and choose to cheat to go beyond personal best to beat others, my prescription is:

Take one capsule of Wisdom three times a day for six months.

Undergo common sense therapy three times a week for a year.

Prepare your apology letter in advance for it’s unlikely anyone can get away with cheating, be it from peers, competitors, and one’s conscience.

Print ed: 03/13

 

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