Race as if your life depends on it
by, 13-Aug-11 at 08:22 PM (11511 Views)
So this sperm race (my previous blog post) still occupies my mind ... and no, sweetie, get your mind out of the gutter!
It's a pretty gruesome reality that, unless you win, you're gonna die! Every little okey in this race has to swim for dear life, because his existence really and literally depends on it. The winner receives the ultimate prize! And the fellow who finished a fraction of a second short, in second place, receives nothing ... absolutely nothing ... he just dies. Whether he was second or third or tenth or in millionth place, he becomes nothing, because he simply dies!
Life thereafter isn't really much different, come to think of it. Nobody remembers the ones that came second, because there are no second places ... they literally don't exist. Let me explain:
Tell me, who invented the second car? You see, it's ridiculous, because how can you "invent" the same thing twice? Exactly! Once the race is won, the race is over, and it no longer matters who else participated. Who knows if there were other guys with the same idea Bill Gates had years ago? The point is, he finished first, and that actually erases whatever efforts anyone else put into the same race. Did you know that Elisha Gray (independently) invented the telephone at the same time as Alexander Graham Bell, but Bell beat Gray in a race to the patent office, by only a couple of hours?
In some professions (e.g. inventors, designers, entrepreneurs, researchers) you have to be competitive. You can't just take a leisurely stroll down life's path, stop to smell the roses, and be content with "well, I'll get there when I get there". If you don't race as if your life depended on it, you won't win, because someone else, running the same race, will race as if his life depends on it. And remember, when the race is won, the race is over!
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