2nd PLACE IS THE FIRST LOSER! OR NOT ...
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Have you ever heard;
"2nd place is the first loser!"
Well, let me tell you a story about a loser.
This young man wanted to do a bodybuilding show.
While he's been an athlete and training his whole
life, he just recently decided to test himself on stage.
After that decision had been made, he went
Training like he's never trained before, dialing
in his nutrition to the nearest gram, and focusing
all of his efforts - day-in-and-day-out - to be
When others were munching on cookies, he
was eating chicken and rice. When others were
doing a set in the gym and then talking on their
cell phones, he was moving from exercise to exercise
with ferocity. When others were going out on Friday
night and drinking, he was staying in and resting (and
studying for his personal training certification)
The big day came and after all of the nerves, posing,
and judging - he took home 2nd place.
This is where the story gets interesting.
This young man put his head down and become miserable.
He was angry.
He had put in the work and didn't win.
It had to be the judges. They played favorites.
Or, the other competitors - they had an unfair advantage
of doing more shows then him or they had coaches to
help them prepare;
He had done everything on his own!
He was defeated.
Here comes the good coach!
What do you think I told this young man?
You guessed it.
It went something like this.
Oh, you took 2nd and you're a loser?
Did you give your very best? Yes? Ok!
Well, let me tell you something.
Did Jordan win a championship the first year in the
league? Did Steve Jobs create the iPhone the first
day in the lab?
How we act in defeat defines our character.
We all know who was 2nd!
And, remember this;
It is NOT about that 1st place trophy, it is about the
Remember, the blood, sweat, and tears along the
way to the stage?
THAT has changed you.
THAT has made you different.
THAT has made you stronger.
Stop blaming others and talking about why you lost
and that it is unfair.
Get back in the gym and do the work.
When you hit obstacles in life, you can either stop
or smash right through them to the next one.
Keep moving forward and learn, absorb, be grateful,
feel, and give your best for EVERY second along
Pick your head up and look around you.
people who came to support you and are looking to
you to teach them how a champion acts.
A champion of life.
That's all folks, now get back to work!