Winning Is Not Always The Barometer of Getting Better


YRSK | Published: 11-02-21
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For a lot of us, winning is everything. It’s definitely fulfilling and exhilarating, because the ego gets a boost and our confidence soars. Ethical winning can result from either improving oneself constantly or maintaining excellence at an already achieved level. It is a validation for all the efforts one makes to reach the finishing point. The first few times one wins, the novelty is great and provides further motivation to achieve the same consistent results, or better.

Having said that, do winners always strive to better themselves? Or do they sometimes slip into overconfidence, maybe brought in by the absence of an equal contender? Or does habitual winning just bring in a plateau of effort at times?   

Often, when we win or achieve something big, we reach a saturation point where learning and improvement begin to stagnate. It could be because of egoism or simply because the performance graph has hit its peak, which in turn depends from person to person. By its nature, winning can breed complacency unknowingly. Hence, a winner does not necessarily better himself or herself.

On the contrary losing or failing has more potential to build character, provided one doesn’t give up. When we fail, our ego is kept in check. To pick oneself up, to fight one’s demons and to recreate oneself is a chiselling process which instils humility and pushes one to better previous standards. Success is not immortal. True improvement happens when we know how to handle losing, well enough to learn from it. Making mistakes once in a while is necessary to keep the learning curve alive.

Losing and winning are two sides of the same coin. Failure and losing, if used for one’s own benefit, is a sharp tool for honing oneself for winning. Hence, though both experiences are valuable, it is losing which pushes us more to be better.