How do you feel about competition? Do you rise to the occasion? Do you clutch? Do you encourage it or walk away from it?
“Competition makes me better.” Jimmy Sherburne, Princeton Tiger #2, Senior Guard (and adored nephew) playing in tonight’s game against Harvard. Go Tigers!
Back story: One of my favorite quotes and people, not just because Jimmy’s one of my five talented nephews, also because he shifted my perspective on competition. When he was 17 and playing high school bball against a college team, I asked him what he thought about playing such an experienced team and he said, “Competition makes me better. I like it.”
Profound answer for me.
I’ve never felt comfortable competing, often choosing to play smaller than my heart’s desire for so many reasons – fear of being perceived as a show-off, wanting others to like me, wanting others to feel good about themselves, early girl training in Catholic grade school, potential disappointment of losing anyway…
Now, when I feel that way, I think of Jimmy and remember that giving my best when up against any other person or team, makes us all better.
A rising tide lifts all boats. Thank you Jimmy!
PS. They play at 8 pm EST tonight, home game. You can watch on ESPN3.