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Everyone's a winner - NOT! (Limerick)

Updated on November 10, 2012
Second place is first loser...
Second place is first loser...

Being a father to two teenage boys, the whole premise of, "Oh, everyone's a winner just for taking part" doesn't quite cut it with me." Ask any athlete whether or not they are competing to win and they will look strangely at you for asking such a dumb question. I teach my boys to go out, play their best and try to win. If they lose but have tried their best that is fine by me, but they must always go out intending to win. Disgrace come from not having really tried.

Anyway, hearing this phrase again today prompted this little limerick...

If you aren’t in the contest to win it

You might as well never begin it

To come second place

Is an awful disgrace

No medal and nowhere to pin it

Short, but sweet hub, but now it's off my chest!


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    • Escobana profile image


      5 years ago from Valencia

      Great limerick though the message isn't mine to share if I would become a mother one day.

      My parents taught me the same thing, thinking they raised me to become the best person I could possibly be.

      Instead I have feared failure all my life, I felt I could never do enough to please them and for being a perfectionist, I've lacked confidence for 90% of my life.

      If it truly is an awful disgrace to come second place, you perfectly describe the shame I had for years on end, thinking life is only about winning.

      Life is all about accepting and enjoying the fact that we are a collection of talents and imperfections. That's what makes us unique.

      Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose:-)

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Lol..please - tell us how you really feel!

      I was a high-level competitive gymnast - so - i hear your roar!

      But - because of my experience - i sent my kids out to, yes - do their best - but - also to just have fun!

      I didn't have a whole lotta fun - and it's just as important a childhood learning experience as winning is..

      OR losing!

      Great limerick - Martin's a bit of a

    • petenali profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Mhatter99 - I don't even understand what you mean...sorry.

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Much better! Thank you for making this wonderful turnaround. And welcome,

    • petenali profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Eiddwen - thank you so much for your comment. Have a terrific day!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant Limmerick!!!

    • petenali profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Agreed... "in it to win it" is my motto too.

    • petenali profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Understood bizarrett81, but the goal going in should always be to "try" to win...

    • bizarrett81 profile image


      5 years ago from Maine

      I don't see anything wrong with celebrating second and third places, because to me, if you get those, its like, inspiration to push harder for the first place. But my god, trophies for participation?? Please, like our children are not entitled enough

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      It is not fun to lose that is for certain. And being in it to win it should be our philosophy about all of our undertakings. ps


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