I have mentioned on several occasions that at an early age all Americans are pushed very hard in all areas of life to compete and to win. We are continuously graded on our performances, and our accomplishments receive scores based on how we do. That scoring takes place in most every area of our lives. It’s not only in sports, but in school, on our appearance and in many other areas.
Once we move into the workplace, we continue to be graded on performance. As we all know, our work product is constantly being graded. I am in a line of work where juries keep score during my trials and give me a grade at the end. The hard work that takes place prior to starting a case and my performance during the trial play a huge part in the final result. That result – without a doubt – based on scoring by the jurors.
There is another area that I am familiar with where competition and scoring are involved. My daughter Julie participates in Cutting Horse Competition. She and her horses compete in shows and have to score extremely well in order to win. I have never fully understood the scoring system, but apparently it works very well. That is definitely another area where hard work and preparation dictate how the horse and rider will perform on “game day.”
The Summer Olympics – recently completed – is a prime example of how highly skilled athletes are graded based on their performance. It’s very obvious that the scorekeepers during the games are very tough on the athletes.
We live our lives every day competing in some manner. Our wins and victories in life should be ones that help others in some significant way. Instead of our successes being all about “I” and “me,” they should also be very much about “others” who can benefit from what we accomplish. There have been a tremendous number of results in trials involving my law firm – especially in cases involving defective products – that have helped folks other than our clients. Significant safety improvements came about after these trials and as a result many lives were saved.
I am sure each of you can give examples of how accomplishments in your life have helped others. We learn in the Holy Bible that we are in fact our brother’s keeper and that is very true and also needed in today’s world. My prayer is for each of us to strive to be “difference makers for good” in the lives of others. Contrary to what some may say, we are in fact our brother’s keeper.
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