Losing Gold - MondayMuse(3 Oct’11)
- MONDAY MUSE (3 October 2011)
My friend, Avinash Tavares shared a tragic scene seen on a televised Talent
show. A couple of kids had won the second place but there was no trace of a
smile on their faces. Their parents were weeping bitterly. Avinash raised
pertinent queries: Whither sense of achievement?
Whither sense of gratitude towards all those who helped the kids rise to such a
In an increasingly competitive world, in the quest to be better,
too many of us are insisting on nothing but the best. When we frown upon even
second best positions, imagine our disdain for those that come last! All this
is in sync with the media catchphrase about
those who win second position: ‘You don’t win silver, you lose gold’
A real sense of achievement has to flow from the
satisfaction of sincere endeavours and not from the vagaries of results. The very
act of taking on a challenge has to be, by itself, a cause for celebration. An attitude
of gratitude is the only fair return to all those who help in different ways
from guiding, training, facilitating... including those who are audience.
More important than winning is to have a winner’s attitude that
comes from celebrating efforts and sportsmanship. The score should not be
allowed to douse passion. Eventually, it is never about winning or losing
gold... we need to be better at ensuring that every failure turns into a
stepping stone to success. After all, it is only true sportsmanship and earnest
efforts that wins hearts of others... and ours too!
does not deserve despair and misery...
BETTER at celebrating golden efforts truly!
- Pravin K. Sabnis
SABNIS conducts UNLEARNING UNLIMITED workshops for corporate & other teams.
Since 2008, he writes MONDAY MUSE based on the JCI theme – BE BETTER. Earlier
it was inspired by JCI-India’s National President’s theme: Touch To Transform
(2004), We Are The Future (2005), Speak Through Action (2006), Develop New
---- Pravin K. Sabnis