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To COMPETE is; to take part, struggle, be in the running, encounter, EMULATE(follow the example of) and endeavor to equal or surpass another. There are basically two ways of DEALING WITH COMPETITION. Only one way is WISE. If one takes the ENCOUNTER as a lesson, it is possible that you will EMULATE and learn from the individual you are competing with. THERE IS ALWAYS A LESSON TO BE LEARNED.

While I was playing lacrosse for Syracuse University, we had a game against Yale. My opponent was an All-American player, two years consecutively. In other word’s he was an excellent scorer. I was guarding him the best that I could to limit his scoring. During one play I got hit with the ball while someone took a shot at the goal. It knocked the wind out of me, I dropped to my knee to catch my breath. My opponent helped me to my feet and stood by me while I caught my wind. The play was still going on, I said to my opponent from Yale; “Why are you standing with me, you can go and score a goal?” He said; “Yes that would be easy, it would be more challenging if you opposed me. I do not want to profit by the situation. Let me know when you are ready.” THERE WAS THE LESSON TO BE EMULATED. BE HUMBLE, show your true ability by not taking unfair use or advantage of others.

If one is always open-minded, even during a COMPETITION. There will ALWAYS BE A LESSON TO BE LEARNED. When COMPETING never look at it as a RIVALRY, look at it as someone you MAY EMULATE AND LEARN SOMETHING.



ron winnegrad

Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.

2 replies

  1. Greetings from Mr. cynical. I do hope there are still people in our world who would follow the action of the Yale player, but we just don’t hear of that often enough.
    Perhaps these messages will encourage young people to see the benefits of “doing an honorable, and right thing “.
    An attitude of “ win at any cost” is an empty win and one that will in the long run, catch up with you. There are no short cuts to success and ensuring you have done the right thing to win, is yet another win.
    Thank you Rom Winnegrad for helping so many properly navigate life!


  2. I couldn’t love this more! It really is about who you want to be in the moment and living with that choice. Doing the right thing is never wrong thing. 💜


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