Competitive Spirit Delivers Satisfaction

As a big college football fan, I’m noticing more parity among football teams.

Teams like Ohio State and Alabama are still notable, but other teams are beginning to hire the same kind of conditioning coaches and running the same kind of offenses and defenses. The “have nots” are catching up to the “haves”.

The pundits will speak of one coach or the other losing an edge. While I certainly think that success can breed complacency that dulls an edge, it’s also a truth that the competition responds to the successful players in their market.

Hall of Fame basketball coach Pat Summitt says: “You can’t always be the strongest or most talented or most gifted person in the room, but you can be the most competitive.”

Strength, talents and gifts provide an edge, but that edge can be wiped out by a team that works hard, perseveres and competes fiercely.

I think a good strategy is to stay humble about strength, talent and gifts and be hungry when it comes to work, perseverance and competition.

Satisfaction will follow.