In Japan, you often hear that “Participation is more important than winning” in various activities. Especially in an event like the Olympics, people are taught to do their best whether they win or not. With children’s activities in Japan, such as physical education, they do not measure who won and who lost. They are all cheered for participating. I guess this is to teach children there is no loser when you participate.
Bullshit - life is not fair. There are always winners and losers and a whole bunch of people in the middle. Telling people it is not necessary to win means you are asking people to not try to be better. Unfortunately, life is not that fair. Even if you try your best, there is no guarantee that you will somehow come out ahead. It just gives you a better chance.
As the economy stands now, the bar is rising. That means what you thought you have done well is no longer good enough. You must do better each and every day just to stay even. Simply participating is not enough. If you cannot motivate yourself from defeat, you cannot be a winner. The difference between the ordinary and extraordinary is that extraordinary people have tried and failed more than ordinary people ever try.
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