Winners curse (and the race to the bottom)


Nothing can be as frustrating as making so many compromises in a bid to achieve a feat or attain a height only to discover that it really didn’t worth the effort in the first place. It’s pure labour loss.

Social studies have proven that the practice of auctions and competitive bidding between individuals and companies often ends up destroying value because the winners gets to pay far more than the worth of their prizes due to the immense pressure & tension. More often than not, value gets wasted. And the winners depending on how conscious they are will have to deal with the frustration of that loss that is embedded in the victory sooner than later.

It is the same with life.

When we decide to enter into unhealthy comparisons and competition with our peers, we will sell ourselves short. Every time! When you join others to cut corners or play dirty or to defraud a system, in a bid to come out ahead and to demonstrate superior status, at whatever personal or societal cost, it will count for nothing.

If you choose the rat race (a competitive struggle to get ahead financially or otherwise) and you manage to win it, you still lose in the grand scheme of things. It’s a race you should not even enlist for because even if you get to win, (and that’s a problem in itself because you might actually win), you still lose. If you lose, you lose, and if you win, you also lose. What a waste!

My point is, the bottom is not a good place to be, even if you worked hard to get there. There’s zero profit to gain the world and lose ourselves in the process. So, if you want to do well, refuse to enlist for the rat race.

Don’t do it!

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