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Playing a sport or competing against other people can teach us the importance of losing. Every underdog rises the top of his game by the constant feedback of losing.
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Sure, we remember the big, important games but how many of us can readily recall times we’ve won the game as easy as we can recall times we’ve lost?
Losing is a crucial part of improving yourself. You must know what doesn’t work to make something work right. Competitive sports are easy to apply this strategy, and through self and team evaluation, you can identify the reasons for the losses and make changes to grow stronger. However, this philosophy does not belong solely to the athlete. You can apply this to any life needs where obstacles are preventing you from reaching your goals.
Consider the famous American inventor, Thomas Edison, whose contribution to electrical engineering gave us light in the darkness. He once quipped that “I didn’t fail. I just found 2,000 ways how not to make a light bulb; I only needed to find one way to make it work.” Edison, like so many people, persevered and with each unlit bulb, learned something new. Losing is part of the creative process.
Obstacles are also amazing from uncovering hidden treasures. By having a goal and taking the long way to reach it through learning and growing you discover hidden talents, abilities, notions, and otherwise, just discoveries that may not directly support your end goal but will surely give you experience and direction. Handling adversary and obstacles on the way to your ultimate goal is like falling down a rabbit hole. You learn so much more about yourself and your resilience while picking up memories and experience along the way.
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So powerful are obstacles that they can change the course of goals. While sports competitions are pretty black and white – there’s a winner and loser – fielding obstacles in other areas of our lives can illuminate more meaningful things that we have never seen had we taken the successful route start to finish. Cherish your losses; they are the most important experiences you will have.