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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  • 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

  • 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



Winning is the Goal

Why even compete if you aren't aiming to win? Of course personal growth and whatever else are important, but why bother participating without a purpose? You have to be trying to win, or else the effort of participating is completely pointless.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-07-2018


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
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.


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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
JB Fernandez

Winning is the main goal.

Why did you join in the first place if you don't have an intention to win. Do your best to win, so at the end of the game you won't have any regrets.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 03-22-2018

Bring home the bacon!

Participation matters because without it you don't even have a chance of winning. Some people are really good but they don't want to even participate and that's a waste. But if you're going to participate, then you have to play to win! You're there playing or fighting so why not try to win? Winning will reward you with a big sense of accomplishment. The competition can also teach you things even if you lose. You can use these things in the next competitions to help you win.
Posted by EfficientNinja on 04-11-2018


Of course winning is a different feeling, everyone loves to win, someone that says they're good at participating is/are loser/s because for me winning is huge. I feel good when I win especially in playing computer games and playing basketball, winning makes me feel good, makes me feel confident. Losing in the other hand sucks for me.
Posted by davedaot on 12-07-2018



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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  • 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

  • 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



I choose this side because...

I choose this side because I believe that not the all winners got all the respect from the fans. Also, sometimes the who becomes more popular are the one who is just a fellow participant that did not won. I'll take this one of my favorite gamer as a good example. He and his squad has been winning just the 2nd place in every tournament they are joining at. Despite of that, they have more followers, supporters and fans than the champions. Why? It is because they have more good skills, they are humble and more good looking than the champion so that is why they attract more people. Therefore, it is not always the winning side that matters.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-19-2018

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


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

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
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.

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

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

less stress

Enjoyment. This is what a good athlete or sport people should have. Most important than winning is that you enjoy every things that you do. Even if you don't win, as long as you are happy then it is ok.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 03-14-2018


Not all people can win. Even if you take all the best and put them togerher to compete, an emerging winner will come out.

Competion is only good if we get winners and participatorsparticipators. To participate gives you competition spirit and in the process you can brcome a winner.

Posted by stbrians on 10-15-2018

Participating brings fun

Participating is more important than winning. Less expectations and disappointment. You just have to play or do your responsibilities. Participating should have commitment and full responsibilities to consider. If you participate well then you may become a winner. In life, we have to enjoy it and winning alone is not always matter. For me, being happy and good to everyone through team work and responsible are much important. Lose or win as long as I did my part and enjoy every game of life, that's what matters.
Posted by rubeth1726 on 11-29-2018


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
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
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
JB Fernandez
I disagree with you. Even though you don't have a chance to win, you should still show some courage to fight. Even David had beaten Goliath. You should just give your best and be proud no matter what the outcome is.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 03-22-2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The only way to win is to participate. And if you are not a fighter like me then the chances of winning is very slim since you are not joining any competition. I know of some people who have the tenacity to join contests and competitions whether it is athletic competition or simply a contest like singing or dancing contest. I can see that they enjoy the participation and it doesn’t matter to them if they do not win. Isn’t that a nice mentality for a person?
Posted by Corzhens on 04-23-2018
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
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
I think winning should be the main reason for participating in anything, unless it's for charity or a good cause. But as I mentioned in my previous reply, you cannot learn how to win at something unless you first decide to be happy with participating. But your participatory experience, should be treated as a learning experience. So later on, you can eventually become a winner at it.
Posted by NickJ on 03-03-2018
For me, winning is more important. Participation is nothing when you lose. In a basketball game, when you score 50 or more but still lose, it is still a sad moment. Yes, you can enjoy what you do but your team does not. We should not be selfish and we should think of our team and teammates. Play for the name in front of your jersey not at the back of your jersey.
Posted by bienn05 on 06-01-2018
Being part of the winning team is a very rewarding experience and the feeling of accomplishment is just awesome. I wouldn't mind if I am just participating or the winner, what matters is that I played and gave my share and my best in any of the game of life. What's important for me is the experience and journey and it's only a bonus if you're on the winning side.
Posted by Marako0406 on 07-11-2018
Of course every one wants to win. And that is the reason why we fight for anything. But we should also be sports in every battle we take. We should accept if we win and rejoice if we lost.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 10-20-2018
Well, I would always love to be a WInner and I will participate in any kind of game with the goal of winning it. Winning definitely boosts the confidence of the individual and once you win, you are more likely to develop a habit of winning and you will take maximum efforts to be a winner. But its equally true that you cannot win all the time. One has to participate and do his best to win. Accepting that winning and losing is all part of the game is essential for every player
Posted by jpk0007 on 11-23-2018