“Anyone who tells you competition is nice is not being totally honest with you.” —Art Williams
Competition isn’t nice but it’s necessary.
It’s only through competition that you can find out whodeserves to win. The person or team or country that deserves to win or candidate that deserves to win is not necessarily the one with the most ability.
Who’s the Best?
It is not the one with the most resources.
It’s not the one with the best training.
It’s not the one with the most support and backing orexperience or friends or advantages.
The one who wins is the one who takes their talent, their ability, their advantages and makes the effort to take advantage of those and does that enough to win.
The winning team or winning performance is ability times effort. Whoever has the best combination of ability and effort at a given moment will win. That’s why you hear phrases like “it’s not so much the size of the dog in the fight as much the size of the fight in the dog.”
There are limits
If you’ve got a maniac Chihuahua they’re still going to get gobbled up by a lazy lion or say a big dog like a German shepherd. No matter how tough they are, if the German shepherd takes one bite the Chihuahua is going to be gone. So there are limits to this because you have to be somewhat evenly matched.
But unless hopelessly over-matched, it usually comes down to a combination of fight x talent that causes you to win.
It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it.
So, it’s not good enough to have the advantages, to have the talent, if you’re not going to make the effort to make that advantage pay off for you.
For example, if a team that would rate a 8 on talent scale of 1 to 10 makes a half hearted effort in a game, say 50% on an effort scale of 1 to 100%, then they would have performed at a 4 Competition level for that game (8×50%=4). If they play a greatly inferior team, say with a talent level of 5, but that team gives a maximum effort to perform at a 5 Competition level(5×100%), then they would get beat 5 to 4.
They would have had more talent, but their half hearted effort would result in them getting beat.
And since no one or no team ever consistently performs at 100% every time, it creates opportunities to beat those that may appear to be unbeatable.
That’s why competition is so great.
Effort counts as much as other advantages. In sports the saying is “That’s why they play the game”. Anybody can win. You aren’t limited by arbitrary opinions by outsiders or insiders who have made up their minds in advance who should win. If someone want’s to beat you, they have to compete.
IF you can compete, you have a chance to win,
as much of a chance as anyone.