We live in a world today that is very much dog eat dog, and in the business, sport or in fact any path we take in our lives, it has a competitive edge to get ahead or finish first, or top of the pile. This is the way the world has evolved.
There was a time when it was natural to just take part without the fear of not winning. It didn’t matter where we finished and we didn’t need reminding, it’s the taking part that matters, which we are now on a regular basis reminded of by schools or educational authorities. Some schools even have no winning sports days, which in my opinion is seriously ridiculous because life in general always has winners and losers. It’s the nature of being a human being.
While I was thinking about all of this, I was thinking to myself, are we actually doing our children an injustice? Are we really educating them properly? Shouldn’t they know that the world is a very tough and hard place to be living in, in the 21st century? People will knock you down and climb over you to get to the top. The thing is are we putting them in a bubble, and telling them that everybody will happily watch you beat them and pat you on the back with a well done!
The truth is we are all very uptight with this political correctness that has become the staple diet of our society. There are many people out there who think that we should be creating a totally level-fair society, and the truth of the matter is that this doesn’t exist.
I decided a long time ago when my eldest child was just a toddler, and she is now 22 years old, that I would instill in all my children that winning is important, because life is tough, very tough and if you want to get ahead you have to have a competitive edge, and learn a winning mentality. It’s vital that you learn this at a young age, otherwise you could just get trampled in the crowd as an adult.
I give no excuses that I teach my children a winning mentality, because whatever their chosen path in life, whatever career they chose they will need drive, ambition, a little bit of talent and a very competitive edge, so it’s vital that our children learn to have a winning mentality to succeed in life. because the world gets tougher by the year.
I will also say that it’s important that they learn to take defeat in their stride, and in a gracious manner, because no matter how good you are, there will always be somebody better.
Let’s prepare our children to take on the world. What do you think, I would love to hear your thoughts.