Hate

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“If you hate a person, you are defeated by them.”

–     Attributed to Confuscious

There is a lot of hate spewed these days.  Social media has allowed people to say preposterous things under the veil of anonymity and it’s not working.  For anyone.

College athletes get vilified by wannabees who’ve never laced up a pair of sneakers.  Don’t even get me started on politicians and I don’t care which side of the aisle we’re on.  It ties into this recent post on the concept of GOATs.  Why do we want to tear down the Tom Bradys of the world, the Tiger Woods (prayers are with you, Tiger, and with your kids!) or the standard-setters of whatever pursuit we’re considering?  Why can’t we respect and accept greatness, and hope that competitors push us to be even better?

A rising tide lifts all boats when competition makes everyone better — and that’s a great place to be in business.

It’s got me thinking about rivalries, and how true rivals rarely bad-mouth one another unless we’re talking about professional wrestling, which we’re not.

When we’re consumed by a rival, we’ve lost.  When we hope they fail more than we hope we win, we’ve lost.  Part of the reason I love golf is the concept of “always presume your competitor is going to make that putt.”  If he makes his, then I have to make mine, and that’s performance anxiety that makes the game gets better!

When TToTT comes up against AAU teammates that he’s particularly close with, we always say, “We hope you play the best game of your life and lose by two!”  Heck yes, we want to win, in business, sports, or whatever the venue.  The wins are that much sweeter when we beat the best.

To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.  And hate doesn’t do anyone any good.

 


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