Learning to Lose

Everyone cannot be the winner of every contest. The statement has often been made that the second place winner is the first loser. In the Olympics, awards are given to the first three to finish the race, even though there is still only one winner. Is first place more important than second place? Yes. Winning is important. There are winners and losers every day and our lives.

A graduate of Texas A&M told me that Texas A&M never loses a football game; they just run out of time. It is good for school spirit, but it is still untrue. Fortunately, there is no harm done because it is acknowledged that the concept was tonguein-cheek.

No one wants to be a loser, and it is clear that competition creates progress. People, who do not want to lose, work harder. A better product will sell better than the lesser product. The better employee will make more money and have more job security than the lackadaisical employee. There are many forms of being in first place and coming in second.

Children should be taught not only how to win, but also how to handle not coming in first, winning. One of the purposes of sports is to learn how to be a good winner and a good loser, not a poor loser.


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