Competitors are cut from a different mold. Their lives are built around the idea of one upping each other and beating the odds. No one gets to the highest level of their profession by not believing they’re the best at whatever it is they’re doing. Getting to the top requires a level of focus, determination and near obsession that most of us do not posses. When its time to choose between losing a game or losing a limb, most of us would forfeit the game and go back to our cubicles. There comes a point when something in our brains clicks and we realize the person we’re competing against is simply on another level and there is nothing we can do to win. When faced with the possibility of suffering a career altering arm injury or losing his belt, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones decided life without a fully functioning arm might not be so bad. For people like him, losing is not an option. The rest of us, however, have been forced to master the art of losing gracefully.
But what happens when you posses everything you need to get to the top except that special "something"? Some people have the focus, determination and will to be the best, but don’t have the raw talent to get there.Those people are stuck constantly working towards something they may never actually achieve. It isn’t hard to imagine how discouraging it must be to be better than everyone but the champion. Some competitors are stuck in the perennial hell of 2nd place. They’re almost good enough, almost the champion, almost the best in the world. They are repeatedly confronted with something they have no control over; The limits of their talent. Some of us have been cursed with possessing treasures that are simply not gold enough.
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