There are plenty of sports games. There are the debates. There are the board games as well. We have been taught to understand that winning is better than losing. Winning the soccer game is better than losing the soccer game.
However, people want the win too quickly. People think of the fame, the glory, and the rewards that go along with winning. If you beat the competitor, you’re the #1 guy or gal. The thought of #1 makes people set the bar too high. When the bar gets set too high, people become impatient and want to win faster.
Track runners run faster because they want to cross the finish line first. They push up their pace and end up being exhausted on the final lap. Then, everyone comes from behind and catches up. I’ve seen it happen to others and myself as well. Thinking about the fame, glory, and rewards makes us go out of control. We lose out on what could have happened because we were too focused on getting the win.
You can’t go from startup to thriving business with a sprint. Becoming successful is a marathon, and I’m sure you’ve heard that many times. However, some people think that they’re the exception, and they sprint the first mile of the marathon. The other 25 miles aren’t going to end very well.
Some people can’t fish. They are able to go on a boat and throw the line into the water. However, many people aren’t willing to wait that long for a fish to surface. It’s entirely possible that a fish doesn’t bite for hours. Fishing requires a lot of patience in order to get the win, but many people want the win as soon as they can get it.
The fame, glory, and rewards should motivate you to work harder. However, those thoughts should not motivate you to rush to a finish line that is all the way at the end of the rainbow. Persistence is powerful, and it will allow you to get to the other side of the rainbow where you will thrive.