Back in October, a reader posted this comment to a post here (3 Things You're Doing to Waste Time):
"Dear Tony, love everything you say, really. Just clarify one thing please. In the sogr , Mr Wallace says to get out of the competitive mindset. If that were so, then all tennis players, football players and virtually all sportsmen would be put of business. There are places where getting into the creative mindset seems to not work.. What's yourview on this Because tennis players themselves prosper only after defeating someone else. In other words the competitive mindset s not optional its inevitable"
To which I replied:
"Tell you what, I'll do my best to address that in a blog post in the not too distant future. For now, suffice it to say, I think it all depends on the attitude in which it's approached. Thanks for your comment!"
Well, the "not too distant future" has arrived and I thought I'd take a moment today to address this issue.
First, my disclaimer. As this isn't something that directly affects me nor is it related to a subject I'm interested in, it's not something I've given a lot of thought to.
That being said, I do have a couple of quick thoughts on the subject:
1. If the sport is approached for the game that it is with the objective of doing your best and letting the chips fall where they may (and really mean it!), then I think you can play sports professionally and still follow Wallace D. Wattles' philosophy.
2. If, on the other hand, it's approached with the objective of beating someone else, then no I don't think you can play sports professionally and still follow Wallace D. Wattles' philosophy.
It's pretty much that simple in my mind. Thus, the short answer I gave in my reply:
"... I think it all depends on the attitude in which it's approached."
That's what I think. What do you think? If you have a thought on the subject you'd like to share, please feel free to leave a comment to this post. I'd love to hear to hear from you!
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