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1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, Silver Medal (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

In the 2012 London Olympics, the Australian athletes have claimed one gold medal and 12 silvers so far.

That’s a lot of second places!

Some in the media have been very negative about this result, claiming that such a low return of gold medals is unacceptable compared with past accomplishments, but it’s unrealistic to expect that we will win everything every time and some of these results have been very close, with very little between second and first.

Personally, I think that a silver medal in the Olympic games is an extraordinary achievement and one to be proud of.  However, some of the athletes haven’t helped themselves with reactions of disappointment to coming second that have attracted criticism from the public.

Of course, sporting contests aren’t the only areas of life where we can come second.  Job applications, business tenders and academic results are just a few examples of occasions when we can fall short of our goal and where there can only be one winner.

Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”

We all want to win, but coming second is inevitable at some stage of our lives.

So, if you’re going to come second: Read the rest of this entry »

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