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Winning

Winning
Let's imagine a bunch of different situations in which you, or ever your kids, could end up. Maybe while playing baseball, near the end of a game, running to last base and managing to reach it at the very last moment, giving your team exactly what they needed to win! Or playing basketball: running throught the field, avoiding your adversaries, jumping to the net and managing to put the ball into it! Or maybe you are playing football, or soccer, or whatever that sport is called into your country: you hit the ball with all your strenght, and.. it's goal! And without going on for too much long, let's just say that the results in all of those examples (and any other example you might come up with) are always the same: YOU WON! Yes, you are a winner! You played the game, you put a lot of effort into it, you trained a lot, and you won! Your team cheers, the audience stand up and applaude you and your teammates! The other team might be smiling as well, or maybe not, and maybe it's just walking away sadly without even watching you. But who cares about them, right? You are the one who won, you are the one that should be feeling good! And indeed, you are... Whatever you might say about "participation is more important than winning", you can't deny how good it feel to win. This is true in many fields, not just sports actually: sure, there are team sports that are highly competitive where winning is actually the goal, or solo activities where you race against the clock maybe, or to break some record and gain a medal or something similar. In any case you are not only participating, you are playing to win! Sure, they are just game and shouldn't be a matter of life and death, but in life we usually seek stuff that make us feel GOOD. And winning is one of those things: one of those satisfactory, amazing, unique things that can make you feel so alive.

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Pros
  • Winning feels good
  • The audience, the teammates, friends and family will respect a winner
  • You can even get a trophy
  • You can be really proud of yourself
  • You'll have more self confidence

Cons
  • It requires a lot of effort
  • Playing just to win can be quite stressful
  • You need to train a lot
  • If the other team is better than you, there is few chances
  • The opposite team might not like you too much

Supporters

kingcool52

Winning

I'm not one of those people that will do anything (including cheating) to win but I will try my best to win and of course, I would much rather win than come second or even lower. I'm a pretty competitive person so losing is not really an option for me. Plus I don't believe in that participating is as good as winning stuff, that's just silly really.
Posted by kingcool52 on 12-13-2017
Martinsx
Some people would tell you cheating is part of the game, and from the looks of things, it seems that way. Most sports and competition, you find cheaters who excel in the art and the truth is that it never appears on their record that they cheated to win.

So therefore, having said that, I wouldn't allow myself to be cheated and beaten, instead I would do the cheating as well and come out on top the moment I notice my opponent doesn't want to play fair.
Mehano

Winner.

I have to go with winning. I do think that participating is important but for me personally, if I ever take part in any sort of competition, I will want to win. Period.

I have been a part of different sports all my life since a very young age and back then when I was a kid, it was all about winning. Sure, being second is nice but you always aim for that first spot. It is what motivates me and I am highly competitive.

Posted by Mehano on 12-06-2017
Jonathan Solomon

Winning

To be clear, I love the principle of participation. As well as everyone being involved in a competition. Because all I look for in a contest is for everyone to perform at their best. Which is an ideal competition, in my opinion. However, I am a competitive person and strive to do well in every contest I enter. Therefore, winning is a type of important goal within my checklist. It's not mandatory, but definitely on my mind throughout the contest. Personally, I don't see the point in entering a competition, without putting your best foot forward, in hopes of potentially winning. At the same time, everyone is not as competitive as the next person. We as individuals also strive for different goals too.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 12-05-2017
JoeMilford

Winning Is The Goal

Participation is important, and participating in things, especially things which can make us uncomfortable or even afraid, gives us the life experience that we can persevere through things which we may have no have known we could endure. In other words, the act of participation IS its own reward; however, the goal is ALWAYS to win, and there must always be a winner. There is nothing wrong with healthy competition and with striving to be the apex and the best. I think that this type of attitude towards competition makes us all better.
Posted by JoeMilford on 12-07-2017
wiseagent

Competitive.

I agree that the important thing in a competition is participation (because taking part may be too big for some people), but... I consider myself very competitive, winning for me is an option that I prioritize more. But in contrast, I deal well with defeats.
Posted by wiseagent on 12-05-2017
manmad

Strive.

Winning isn't the only thing that matters, however if you strive to win, you are going to improve way more than having the mentality of someone who just wants to participate. There's nothing wrong with not winning always, however you should be disappointed by not winning and striving to win the next time, that's how you become better.
Posted by manmad on 12-05-2017
blank629

We are the champions!

If I am going to join a contest or a challenge, my goal is only to win and I don't want to lose . I will give my best to be at the top. What's the sense of joining a competition if you just want to participate? I mean you must have confidence in yourself that you can be the winner of them all. In any competition I joined, I always give my best even if I know my opponents are stronger than me. In that way, maybe I can learn something new so for the next time I will join, I will definitely win the competition.
Posted by blank629 on 12-08-2017
Wubwub

winning is fun

I think participating is also okay but it is just more fun to win if I am completely honest. Maybe it would also depend on the activity as I am not really very competitive when it comes to some things but very much competitive when it comes to others. If I care a lot about the thing we are competing for then I would say winning is a lot more fun.
Posted by Wubwub on 12-06-2017
Barida

I go for the top prize!

I'm a winner and never believe that there are cases where I should think of not winning. That's the reason that I try to go for the title in all competitions that I enter with the desire to get the trophy at the end.
Posted by Barida on 12-05-2017
ColdFlameChris

Winning

It's a good feeling that you win something by yourself on a single competition because it feels good to be recognized and then become popular. All your effort will finally pay off and you don't know how much honor you bring not only to your family but also to whatever you represent. If you can win on your own, do it and not just become a participants only.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 12-27-2017
Martinsx

Wining matters most

In as much as participation is good for team spirit, I would absolutely give anything to win because it's the essence of my playing in the first place. If it's clear to me that I'm not going to play to win, I wouldn't bother competing at all because it's not worth my time and the stress.

And come to think of it, wining gives you record, prestige and legacy, so therefore I have reasons to believe that it's more important to play to win than anything else. Yes it's stressful but the end game is worth every bit of it.

Posted by Martinsx on 12-30-2017
mar06

Winning

For me winning is better than participation though I loved to participate but I don't satisfy earning a awards so I preferred to the winning because if you win somethings, it is somethings great because I achieved something of what I've done. :)
Posted by mar06 on 01-08-2018

33%

Participation

Participation
I already mentioned it in the other side of this versus, but to properly introduce this other part I need to say it again: many people believe that participation is more important than winning. While winning might feel good, participation shouldn't be completely ignored and maybe can even be better than a victory. Mind you, participation doesn't mean losing: you can participate and lose the game, sure, but winning means you are also participating! Participation simply mean that the focus, your personal goal, the reason you are playing is simply... to have fun, that's it! Let's not forget that all the quoted examples are games, and the whole concept of game is something that have to be fun! Unless it's your job and you are a professional player, who get paid billions of dollars, euros or whatever to play, you don't have to play to win, and you don't have to force your kids to win either, if they are the ones playing. You will have fun in any case, and in some case if you lose against the opposite team, or if you don't reach the personal goal, break the record or anything else if it's a solo game without teams, in some of those cases there is laso a participation trophy. Some people see it as a way to mock them, as a trophy for the losers, but others see it as a way to say "I was there! And I had fun!". Besides, playing just to win can actually give a lot of pressures! What if you do something wrong? What if they are better than you? What if you aren't good enough? Forcing yourself to win is not good for your mental health, but just playing... just participating.. can help you to relax a bit, to just have fun, to actually enjoy what you are doing without worrying about anything. Sure, winning will feel good in any case, but even if you lose, you will have a extremely good time.

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Pros
  • You can have fun in any case
  • There is no pressure involved
  • Sometime you can even get a participation trophy
  • It can encourage humility
  • It's easier to be friend with the oppiste team

Cons
  • You might end up losing anyway
  • Some people might see a total lack of effort
  • The participation trophy is seen as a mockery by some people
  • Other people in your team might actually be playing to win and see a lack of effort in the way you are playing

Supporters

EliteWriter

Participating is more important than winning

Participation is more important and if everyone decided to take up something just to win there would be a lot of jealousy and hard feelings . I prefer to keep things simple, rather than aiming at a lot of competition and practice. You get to have more fun this way and there is less pressure and stress which would ultimately make things difficult rather than relaxing or engaging.
Posted by EliteWriter on 12-15-2017
kgord

Participation

ALmost any sport is beneficial so participating is as good as winning in my opinion. You can get beneficial exercise from either, so why not just participate?
Posted by kgord on 12-09-2017
peachpurple

Just for fun

I prefer to participate just for fun. No pressure to win, just enjoy myself for the day. Activities should be fun, not to win on purpose. If you lost, you feel sad, unsatisfied and down, that is spoilt spirit and brings down everyone's mood.

So, better participate just to be part of the team, be happy and enjoy any sports.

Posted by peachpurple on 12-05-2017
Barida
Losing can make some feel bad and that's the essence of true participation. It's great to read that you just join games for the fun of it.
overcast

Participation Matters

At the end of our life we remember the things we enjoyed not the things we missed much. So that's one reason we have to participate in many things around. You can see that there are some really good ways with which we can join sports and other stuff. And it can be really good that way.
Posted by overcast on 12-06-2017
gata montes

Participation - more beneficial overall

As being successful is not necessarily about winning but being happy and content with not just your achievements but also your courage and ability to get to where you want to be - participation is for sure a way more beneficial experience.

Especially as - not only does it - whether we win or lose - help teach us how to face up to and overcome all kinds of challenges that are thrown our way - as well as improve skills we already have and learn new ones too - but more importantly - the whole process helps towards us becoming the best that we can be.

Posted by gata montes on 12-06-2017
mildredtabitha

no stress

Participating is more fun and you won't have stress or worry about losing. Unlike winning where there is so much pressure to win and you might have low self esteem after losing. I would prefer to participate than focus on winning.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 12-14-2017

Comments

vhinz
In any kind of competition, winning is what we always aim for. We do not train so hard just to loss and go home empty handed. As much as possible we want to bring home the beacon. Winning makes us happy and inspires us do more and become more competitive.
Posted by vhinz on 12-05-2017
Sue
It is always fun to win. Everybody likes to be a winner but you can not always win. In any activity that you patricipate in you are going to win some and lose some. You cant always winner no matter how hard you try. It is important to have good sportsmanship and to enjoy patricipating whether you win or not.
Posted by Sue on 12-05-2017
vinaya
Winning matters. If you do not have any chances of winning, there is no point in participating. If you do not aim for winning, you will never give your full efficacy in the contest. If you do not care about winning, you will never perform better.
Posted by vinaya on 12-05-2017
Corzhens
To be honest, I am not a warrior and competition is not for me because I hate to lose and it may be traumatic if I would lose a big game. So I will just settle for participation which is not being a player per se but part of the team like a manager or a coach and I can even be comfortable in the cheering squad. And if those options are not available when I will be on the grandstands to watch and pray that my team would win.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-05-2017
Mehano
The first part sounds like me, haha. I have always been highly competitive because the trainers that we had when I was younger were all about winning. Nobody encouraged the whole "it is okay to not win. Participation is important". That is why winning is what I aim for. Whenever we lost a game, I was very upset.
Posted by Mehano on 12-06-2017
overcast
I think happiness comes from the options that we have in life. And more options we have with the participation in the life. That is what going to make things a bit easier for us. I personally have noticed that participating in a sport. I think life is not all about winning. Some of the time you have to take risk and move to different things in life. That is what is going to define you in many ways. That's what I have learned.
Posted by overcast on 12-06-2017
jaymish
I vote for participation like the famous saying' that life is about the journey not the destination' the older you get the more your realize this truth. For the young ones here, they may still be concerned with the prize. You get to somewhere in your life and you realize that the prize doesn't even matter anymore. What matters is the person you have become. This depends a lot of your journey. The more challenging your journey the stronger the person you become. You also learn to enjoy the journey and enjoy the lessons life is teaching you.
Posted by jaymish on 12-06-2017
chatbox
When I join a competition, I usually take part to win and do my best to win. I can't tell my self at the onset that participation is the more important part because that would really dampen my enthusiasm to win. However, there are competitions that I join for the sake of friendship. Some friends would sometimes sponsor an event and want the rest of their friends to join just for the sake of numbers. In other words, we're not there to win but to help pad the number of participants. I definitely don't expect myself to win a fun run but yes, I would still join for the sake of friendship.
Posted by chatbox on 12-06-2017
Alexa
I look at things this way; you win depending on the competition on the day. However, if you win at all costs you have to look at whether it's worth it if you have to make sacrifices and don't enjoy what you are doing. I find people are obsessed with winning, but that does actually create more pressure then to achieve more and that's why learning how to lose gracefully is a great skill one should learn in life.
Posted by Alexa on 12-06-2017
Scarlet
Participation is the most important than winning. When we participate, we socialize or mingle with people and it's good for us all as a well-being. Although winning is a goal that is why we want to participate but it's the memories of joining that makes the the time well-spent.
Posted by Scarlet on 12-06-2017
NickJ
Both are important. Participation is the only way one can eventually learn how to win. Winning is definitely desired over participating - but there are times where just being a part of something can lead to lasting friendships. Win or lose.
Posted by NickJ on 12-06-2017
lovely
I will not even want to participate in anything if I know I wouldn't win, it can be depressing so It winning or no participation if I have my way.It can be very taunting especially by haters that just want to see you fail. So I prefer the winning airs.One would have self-confidence and your family would be proud of you.
Posted by lovely on 12-07-2017
hermessantos
I consider myself a competitive person. So when I participate in something, I always have the intention of winning. Just participating, just competing is not enough for me. I really like to come in to win.
Posted by hermessantos on 12-07-2017
Adesuwa08
Who doesn't like winning, but I don't call me crazy, because after all the success victories and stories about me my winning becomes a symbol of the past, the day brings new champions as they emerge from all works of life and sports. I like the whole song being played during games and those cheerleaders doing what they like doing, one thing about winning I don't get to like is you are never a winner every time someone else will come and out smart you that's except you resign or back away.

The act of winning can be seen in so many books about how to get that trophy, I don't like these kind of books because they don't tell the tales of those people who helped the champions be who they are, they sometimes make other people feel like losers and it intimidates people especially someone like me. I prefer participation than winning, it shouldn't always about winning, some people who didn't win in some ways get to have suicidal tendencies. So to me it is not always about the winnings but also about your participation. Without you participating in anything there won't even be a lead and a winner, always know that your participation values more than just mere winnings that will fade out some day.
Posted by Adesuwa08 on 12-17-2017
Pixie
Winning is very important for me as this will determine whether I have been successful. I like to compete with others and give the best of myself to prove that I have the right skills/talents to achieve success in whatever I undertake. Winning motivates me to work harder and deliver better results. However, participation is equally important. You will be a winner only if you participate. Even if you fail, participating in an event can help you learn from your failures so that you can succeed the next time.
Posted by Pixie on 01-01-2018
mar06
Both you cannot win without your participation. If you not participate in such a certain activity you may not able to win a things. So through participation we may able to reach our success in which we win. That's I'm talking all about. :)
Posted by mar06 on 01-18-2018
Jigz Alvarina Lim
Together with my bandmates, we always join "Battle of the Bands" yearly. But let me ask you this, why will you participate in a competition that you will not strive your best to be a winner? We always keep that in our mind. What is the purpose of joining in BOB? To make fun with my bandmates? To be laughed at the people? To have a messy performance? Hell-no. We must join competition to win, and to bring home the bacon. Is it hard? Yes definitely because you need to exert a lot of effort, patient, and time. But what if you feel that you have no guts? Then I suggest that you don't join the competition. It is very fulfilling when we won in a competition or game right? But we must know that in order to achieve the best, we must hit the goal.

A week before competition that time, we are always asking each other if our lineup for BOB has an impact. If it does, we always add the question if it has a chance to win. Our lineup may impace the judges or audience, but what matters the most if does it have a chance of winning. If not, then why sre we still participating for it?
Posted by Jigz Alvarina Lim on 02-13-2018
Rmarsh1984
We all like to win, but not all of us are good at sports. I myself am going to be taking part in my first year of BMX racing this summer. I'm going to be 34 years old and new to the sport. I have no visions of me winning anything this summer. I just really want to take part in the sport. Having people to race against will push me harder and hopefully improve my ability faster. I'm not going to take it too seriously because I'm doing it mainly for the fun of it, but also to support my daughter and husband who are also involved. It will be their second year. If I do happen to win a race or two, that will be fantastic! I just want to have fun.
Posted by Rmarsh1984 on 02-21-2018