The World Cup final is taking place in a few hours, and while you may be cheering for Messi or putting your life savings on Bet365 thinking you’ll make a fortune when the Germans walk all over Argentina, there is a whole lot more to learn from the approaching clash than you might think. It’s not only a matter of sports, of nations coming together to watch a game that unites them all. It’s not about the hot Brazilian cheerleaders or the nice handshake teammates exchange at the end of the game. It’s all about one thing: Winning.
Yes, it’s all about winning, or rather who the winner is and who the losers are. See, Brazil made it all the way to the semi finals, and so did the Netherlands, but at the end of the day, they remain losers. No one cares about who made it to the third place, or worst yet, do you know which team made it to the fourth spot? Exactly, no one cares. Do you remember who took Bronze in the 2010 South African World Cup? You see my point. At the end of the day, we remember the grand winner, the one who ends up taking the trophy back home, everything else – becomes irrelevant.
Life is similar in a way. We’re always in a qualification round. There are no second chances or third places. You either make it big, win the credit and be on everyone’s radar, or you live by like everyone else. It doesn’t matter how good you think you are individually, if you don’t make it to the final round, you’re as good as the neighbor next door.
Aim for the big wins, never think of life as a fair game. It’s a zero sum game no matter what people try to tell you. Relationships, professional endeavors, everyday life encounters, every time you’ll be put to trial and you’ll be tested, and ending in a tie is simply not an option.
When you watch the game tonight, there will be one winner, and that will be the team you will remember for the next four years. Will people applaud the runner-up? Probably yes, but for how long? You’ll have your friends smile and cheer for you, telling you how proud they are of how far you got and how well you did, but deep down inside, you know you still didn’t cut it, you were one of the hundred teams who signed up and failed.
Moral of the story, don’t settle for the second place, don’t aim for a tie, it’s either all in or nothing.