May the best man win.
Growing up playing sports, I always heard this term. But as I got older, I began to realize that the best man doesn’t always win – sometimes the better team loses.
We equate winning to coming in first…being on top…the best of the best. But actually that is not the only way to define winning. When looking at the 2nd and 3rd definitions of the word win, it reads “to succeed by striving or effort” and “to gain the victory; overcome an adversary”. And when you dig down deeper into the definition you come across terms like “to reach a goal”, and “to be successful in a game”.
Sometimes getting to the top is not in the cards, but you’ll never come close to the top if you don’t develop the will to win.
That will to win is what will drive you to achievement. It’s that inner voice that tells you to go the extra mile. It’s that extra 30 minutes you spend honing your craft when no one is looking. It’s that sacrifice you make to give up leisure activities so that can get better. That’s how you win. And if you don’t win the first time, you’ve now developed the discipline to attempt to win the next time. And eventually, you will win!
“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”