It appears we have an obvious problem with accepting how to lose. So many have trouble with failing or accepting failure. Worse, some aren’t even good winners. Strange, right? Some people will even to go any length to achieve victory. The trouble is when we get there unethically. Sure, it feels good on top of the world, but that enormous asterisk overhead will weigh us down.
We don’t want a side note attached to our success. “He was a great billionaire who helped so many people through charity (asterisk)… after he robbed the bank for the money.”
“They created a dynasty (asterisk)… that was fundamentally built on cheating and dishonesty.”
Some will turn a blind eye to the unethical behavior but to so many, they’ll glare right through.
Some people believe and (worse perhaps) promote that “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” That’s a load of bull. First, it is possible to win and follow the rules. How? If everybody is actually following the rules, somebody will still win. Perhaps everybody can win, something that some others can’t handle. Second, it’s far better to lose with honor than win by deceit.
At the end of the day, we’ll all go down in history for a little while. And then, we will all face deletion from memory someday. Don’t let your time in the limelight face tainting because we duped other people to get ours. It might “pay” in the short run, but it’ll never work in the long-term. Things will catch up with us, good or bad.
It’s funny the effort some put into skirting a system and coming up with plans to cheat or evade rules. If half of that effort we spent trying to get better and achieve our goal, we’d probably blow our goal out of the water. We can’t all take the easy road. But then again, why would we want to?