Nearly a week after the BB-Q contest, I am still in free- fall... Competing in anything- from sports, gambling, oh Heck! Anything! Takes a toll. When you win, you are geeked! Invincible, will never lose again, learned from your mistakes... But anyone who competes in anything will eventually lose. If you ever competed, you know this... I always tell people, if you don't try you will never win. Being scared of failure, keeps some really excellent people from competing. Fear is what? When you ask someone: "What is the worst that could happen?" By their own words.. not much..
1. Humility. Other people are capable too.
2. Respect. How can you not respect a person, that has bested you at what you are good at- fairly?
3. Knowledge. How you can not learn from someone that knows more than do you?
4. Philosophy. When you win, you don't think. When you lose, you do. Point one, two, and three above will help you win, and be gracious when you do.
Competing in contests is how I got many of my friends into something they could take a personal pride in.
Winning and losing became less important to me, when I found out I could give a sense of joy to people, who needed something to take pride in..themselves.
P.S.- Don't think I will take a beating and like it- ever!