The World According to Charles

Posted: October 24, 2012 in General Health
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Charles is my 5 year old nephew and also happens to be a projected 1st round draft pick of the 2025 MLB draft. He hasn’t quite figured out the whole idea of having a filter and he talks all the time so you always know exactly what he is thinking. As only a child can do, he says things in a way that help you look at a situation differently. Because of that, I have decided to start this segment to look at certain aspects of training and the mentality that goes along with it.

Stud. Just like his uncle.

I was talking on the phone to Charles after his last soccer game. We have an extremely competitive family so the first question is always “How did your team do?”. His response was priceless.

“Well we lost and the other team lost,” he responded.

I was confused for a second. Both teams can’t lose a game. My sister then explained to me that the teams had tied 1-1. A light bulb then went off in my head. Not only was Charles not wrong in his statement, he might not have ever been more right.

In a society that advocates not keeping score in children’s sporting events and making everyone feel all warm and fuzzy about themselves no matter what they do, we have lost the sense of competitiveness that made our country great. There is always a winner and a loser.

To me, tying represents average. If you look at the slogan for this site, you see how I feel about average (it’s overrated). Think about how the other parents would have reacted if Charles had informed each kid on both teams that by tying, they had all lost. I would bet no parent would have agreed with him or seen his point of view.

While this easily translates to sports, apply it to your every day life as well. In the “real world”, ties are not a positive thing. If you are as good as another person applying for the same job, you leave yourself at a great risk of not getting the position. Whether it’s working out, eating right, or your daily duties at work, separate yourself from the competition. Stop blending in with the general population. There are plenty of people that will accept mediocrity. Don’t be one of them.

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