Everyday NhanSense – Day 53

Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 53’s Topic: Competitive nature.
If there is one attitude I wish I could implant into my younger self, it would have been a competitive edge. The fact is, for a long time, I was never a competitive person.

In academics, sports, video games or whatever. I didn’t really strive to be a bit better than the competition, as trivial as it may be, and thus I believe it led to a lot of things in my life not being a bit more … glamorous in terms of the glory I missed out on.

Winning is important. It’s a huge part of life. I don’t care what anyone else says. Winning is everything if you think about it.

Want that date with the person you like? You compete with others until nab that date.

Want the best grades on a test? Study harder and then outdo your peers.

Sports? Need I say more? Competition in America derives so much from professional sports.

Basically, I think the attitude of wanting to win is truly essential for everyday life. Without it, what gives you that extra push to do more? What drives you to allocate just a bit more energy for that last lap of the race?

Sure, competition can and will be ruthless, no matter what it is. I learned that the hard way when I graduated from college. I was too soft. I was too naive. I was too darn easygoing in a cutthroat competition the moment I stepped foot off of the college campus.

Had I been a bit tougher, a lot wiser and a whole heck of a lot meaner in my job pursuits … who knows?

Heck, even when I game, I find myself being so hard on myself if I ever suffer defeat. Is this a healthy thing? Probably not, but it’s the only means in my book for rising little by little until I am contest at my ranking and skill level.

This goes beyond personal pride. It even goes beyond just winning for the mere sake of it. It boils down to being acknowledged as the victor. People rally around winners, adore them, praise them and most importantly of all … they respect them.

I guess I grew weary of always being someone who didn’t go for the gold because I was too caught up in not wanting to compete.

Tough break.

Competition is what sets people apart from one another. I want to improve my skills in whatever I put my mind toward, and if it means to be better than someone else, I’ll sure as heck try to do that.

Surpass others. Surpass your own limits.

This is the thrill of competition. To be the best.

“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction


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