Play to win but win with fairness
Life is competitive and of course, you play to win. But think about the balance. Will you do anything, to win? Perhaps not. Think deeply about how and where you draw the line. Each person draws it differently, and in doing so, it helps to think about values. Winning without values provides dubious fulfillment. The leaders who have contributed the most are the ones with a set of universal values, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King for example. Napoleon inspired a ragged, mutinous and half-starved army to fight and seize power. This brought him name and fame for twenty years. But all the while, he was driven forward by a selfish and evil ambition, and not in pursuit of a great ideal. He finally fell because of his selfish ambition. The Pierre de Coubertin Fair Play Trophy was instituted in 1964 by the founder of the modern Olympic Games and here are two examples of its winners… A Hungarian tennis player who pleaded with the umpire to give his opponent some more time to recover from a cramp… A British kayak team trailing the Danish kayak team who stopped to help the Danish team whose boat was stuck. The Danes went on to beat the British by one second in a three hour event!
I always say that at the end of the day, if I can look myself in the mirror and be proud of who and what I see in the mirror, then I have won the game for the day. Play to Win, but with Fairness.