Winning is NOT what is really important.
Being “better”/ranked higher is NOT what’s really important.
Being the starter or team star is NOT what’s really important.
What IS REALLY important is WHO you are and HOW you are in the process of the competition. That is,
Being a TEAM PLAYER,
LIFTING the level of your teammates’ play
Being HONEST & TRUSTWORTHY,
Pursuing EXCELLENCE and WORKING HARD in everything you do,
Being a LEADER, regardless of whether you are the captain or not,
Meeting both VICTORY & DEFEAT with dignity and grace,
Being a great ROLE MODEL,
Interacting with all others with RESPECT,
This is what is REALLY IMPORTANT in sports