We all lose. That is reality. It would be nice to always win. But, winning 100% of the time takes lots of work and wisdom. I am not all knowing and I am not perfect. I don’t work hard all the time. Therefore, I will find myself losing occasionally. However, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Learning how to be a great loser is just as important as learning how to win.
I have tried to teach my children about winning and losing. I told them they couldn’t always win; someone has to lose. Of course, this is during games that are between two people. Otherwise, I teach interdependence where they should find a solution that makes both parties happy. I also have taught about failure. Failure isn’t a bad thing, if you learn from it and improve.
Therefore, I am happy to see that my son is watching the Beyblade cartoons that teach lessons on being a great loser. The main character in Beyblade loses many battles, as opposed to the main character in Pokémon who always wins.
I have viewed generation Y grow up and learn that everyone is a winner. I thought this attitude would one day be the downfall of the generation and our country. I don’t know if I was right or wrong. That generation has many great qualities, however they do wait for others to tell them what to do.
Many people these days expect others to take care of them, instead of taking charge of their own situation. I guess you can call this the generation of Pokémon. Perhaps, the makers of Beyblade saw this mistake in the “we are all winners” lesson and took it upon themselves to teach their young viewers some very valuable life lessons.
1. There has to be a balance of winners and losers.
I know most people who are believers in the “Law of Abundance” are going to argue with me on this one. There really is enough to go around, however, someone has to work the fields for us to eat. Let’s keep balance by all of us not acting as if we all deserve to be kings, and instead let us all contribute to society even if it means getting dirty.
2. With every losing battle, we get stronger.
Learning from our failure helps us become wiser. We will not make the same mistakes again, hopefully.
3. You learn who your friends are.
If someone doesn’t stick with you during your failures and only during your victories, then they are not real friends. We should be around those that encourage us and cheer us on when we need it most.
I can’t think of any other lessons at the moment. I would love to hear some that you have. Please, leave a comment below with your thoughts on being a great loser.
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