There is an ongoing battle between being cooperative and being competitive. Oftentimes, the thin line which separates the two becomes obscure. Most extreme competitors expect to win and most inevitably do. The problem comes when our expectations aren’t met and the results aren’t favorable. Many of us are so competitive that experiencing any loss would result in complete disappointment and utter devastation.
There are countless people who quit after they experience a loss or a failed attempt. My life experience has taught me that if perhaps I don’t win today, it doesn’t mean I can’t win tomorrow. Every loss presents an opportunity to learn, grow and get better. When I was in college, I ran for Student Body President. I truly gave that election my all and I mean ALL. After several grueling months of campaigning from dorms to classrooms, Election Day had finally arrived. Almost ten hours later a winner was announced. My name was not called.
Although I did not win the election, in many ways I still considered myself the victor and did not accept that this one loss would ultimately dictate my future. A winner understands that it is not over until it is completely over. Whether you win or lose, remember to always give it your best shot. While I was devastated at the time, I had to wrap my mind around the fact that failure is an event, it is not a person. No matter the results, you should never walk away from an experience hoping you did a little more. Leave it all on the battlefield.
The greatest difference between a winner and a loser, is that a winner always gets back up.
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