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




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



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




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


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
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