I remember years ago when Nike ran the ad; You don’t win Silver you lose Gold, I lost some respect for the Nike brand that day. My heart sunk a bit when I realized that the marketing department was simply playing on one of the less than admirable traits we Americans seem to value: winning means everything.
Some might call me crazy or weak, but I just don’t think winning is everything. Anyone who knows me, ( I think) would say this does not mean I am not competitive. I love a good competition. I enjoy winning. I have also enjoyed losing. My own way of judging the ‘game’ is not in the final score but in the quality of play. Did I do my best? Did I play fair? Did I give 100% or more? These all come before, did I win?
I get paid working in corporate America, and sometimes I am saddened by just how much winning trumps integrity, people and a good fight. The price of this win-at-all-costs position is beginning to show up in sports heroes who are now known for doping, a banking industry that is riddled with fraud and international distrust and distaste for Americans.
I may sound unpatriotic but I don’t think so. Our country was built not on winning but on freedom, personal responsible and integrity. The Boston Tea wasn’t about winning. It was about making a statement to the world that there was another way to rule, do business and make room for differences in religion and beliefs.
I want the best results but sometimes the best results are not the ‘winning’ results not if there are astericks next to the score that make it clear doping was involved or some other questionable means.
CrisMare won Silver at the World Champions. Yes, the Romanians rowed across the finish line first, but to hear her tell the story it is clear her team won Silver and were thrilled at the results!!
I think I writing this because I just got back from working with another Canadian company in a different business sector and I loved it. I loved working with a group of people who were competitive but equally humble. I would hate to think that is just a Canadian quality.
I know folks poke fun at Canada at times. They are not dominate or a superpower. However, they are strong, good-willed, competitive and seem to being doing just fine.
I wouldn’t mind if a little of Canada rubbed off on corporate America. I have worked with enough Americans executives to know some do feel the same way.
Winning isn’t everything and great results can come from playing hard, playing fair and being kind!!