“Why Winning Is Over-Rated” Written By Stacie Mahoe
You've probably heard the saying, “Winning isn't everything. It's the ONLY thing.” Honestly, that quote doesn't quite do it for me. It may sound good as a “slogan.” It may look cool on t-shirts or bumper stickers. I'm sure some people find it motivating. But the truth is, it's totally and completely false. You may or may not agree with me, but in my world, that saying just doesn't work for a number of reasons…
First of all, IF winning truly was everything OR the “only” thing, gripes and grumbling would be non-existent on championship teams. Fan, players, coaches, and parents alike would all be complaint free if winning was the only thing. If you've ever been around a championship team, you know that's not always the case. Why?
BECAUSE THERE IS MORE TO THIS GAME, TO THIS EXPERIENCE, THAN WINNING!
Don't get me wrong. Winning is great! Championships are awesome! Any time I step on the field I'm out there to out-do my opponent and come out on top. However these things are not the end all, be all of participating in this sport or any other.
Stick around the world of sports long enough and you'll run into coaches, parents, or players who will tell you, first hand, that winning isn't all champagne and roses. You may also meet people who've experienced more enjoyment and fulfillment from seasons that didn't end with the best record. How would that even be possible if winning was “everything?”
In this game, in life….winning is NOT everything NOR the only thing.
When all is said and done, I don't want people remembering me only for championships, but also for positive qualities like integrity, honesty, determination, and inspiration. In fact, if I had to choose between championships OR those positive qualities, I'd choose to be remembered for those positive qualities. Champions come and go. Most people don't even remember who the champion was 5 years ago, much less a decade or two. Most people won't even remember your exact stats or win-loss records. What a shame it would be to be known for a championship or two and nothing else.
I am reminded, though, that while winning isn't everything, striving to be your absolute best, is. Excellence rarely happens when all you're after is a trophy. Excellence happens when you love what you do and dedicate yourself to giving everything you got day in and day out. The trophy? That simply comes as a byproduct of your commitment to doing the little things right over and over and over again.
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