Motivational and Inspirational Stories
Author: D Anthony, D-Rose Impressions, 03/02
trying to ban Dodge-ball in schools. Yes
- that simple little game we played as children long ago.
While there are variations to the game, the object remains
to avoid being hit by the ball. Apparently the people
trying to eliminate it's existence from schools and playgrounds
across the country believe the game to be too harsh. In
their estimation the process of hitting and getting hit
by the ball can promote feelings of aggression, increased
competitiveness, dejection and doubt.
what am I missing? It's a game. And to my recollection
(it's been a while since childhood), games typically have
winners and losers. And depending on the game, some characteristic
(intelligence, size, speed, ingenuity, etc.) is integrated
with strategy, the will to compete and sometimes a little
luck to determine the outcome. It's a great feeling to
be the winner
and it's not so great when you are
not. So if you find yourself on the short end today, you
will need to tweak your capabilities, strategy and possibly
your will to compete to enhance future results. That not
only sounds a lot like dodge-ball
it sounds a lot
news segment, it wasn't long before my perspective on
the topic materialized. It seems as a society we are
spending so much time coddling our children, eliminating
challenging situations, avoiding exposure to any difficulty
and telling and formulating excuses for lack of performance
- that with each passing generation the youth is growing
up less equipped to deal with the realities of life. Each
new generation is producing increasingly fewer adults
with true respect for old fashion values like character,
persistence, sportsmanship (win or lose), patience, humility
and strong work ethic - not to mention overall mental,
physical and emotional toughness.
back, I saw a health related show on cable dealing with
the rising rate of physical illness such as allergies
in teenagers and young adults. One theory proposed
more and more children are being raised in a sheltered
way, often shielded from typical activities such as playing
in dirt, exposure to germs and contact with whatever else
kids get into. Lack of exposure at an early age to these
harmful elements often results in the body's failure to
develop the antibodies and immunities required for adulthood.
As a result, increasingly more adults are susceptible
to traditionally inconsequential exposure. In other words,
as J. Willard Marriott put it - "Good timber does
not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger
we are becoming a society of entitlement. Tried and true
concept of ideas such as the value of personal effort,
responsibility, pride in one's work, diligence, earning
one's keep and making one's own way are increasingly giving
way to today's feel good perspectives of 'recognize everyone',
'everyone's a winner' and 'reward the group, not the individual'.
What's the motivation for trying your best in such an
environment? What is the motivation for personal growth
for being stronger
for finding a new way? Think
one of the primary reasons for capitalism's
success in the world economy is simply the fact that at
it's very core is the belief that it's not everyone being
equal which drives an economy, only that everyone have
opportunity to succeed - and be rewarded for their relative
results. It's a simple yet powerful concept that fosters
personal growth and innovation for all.
sure where I was the day that competition became a bad
but apparently in some circles it has.
Growing up in the inner city, often times the most stressful
times in my childhood were competitive - whether in school
or in the playground. Because of those experiences however,
nothing fazes me today in the corporate world because
I've seen worse. Bullies and various other types who didn't
have my best interest at heart had to be dealt with. Because
of those times, I have effectively been prepared for pretty
much anything that comes along. And today
trade those lessons for anything.
Thus, my contention
is that, as is evident with seemingly every other species
on the planet, competition facilitates individual growth,
fortitude, humility, honor and toughness - it is the
foundation of the strength and ultimate accomplishments
of the group as a whole. Lack of competition on the other
hand is a formula for complacency, a 'what about me' mentality
and a collective migration toward the lowest common denominator.
Success, innovation, pride, growth, belief in one's self
these are all important personal goals leading to collective
advancement for the society. Competition is the foundation
that facilitates enhancement, and thus makes achievement
In this changing
world increasingly stronger, more talented, more dedicated
people will be required for us to prosper. Our children
will need to be stronger, more focused and more passionate.
Now is the time to change the trend
more competition in our children's lives not less.
A little Dodgeball
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