I'm ultra-competitive and I absolutely despise losing. At anything. It doesn't mind whether I'm working on my business or playing a game of Scrabble. I always play to win.
And that's a good thing.
In Grade 6 & 7 I had a teacher that always told us: "Show me a good loser and I'll show you someone that loses often."
That thought has stuck with me ever since and when I think about it now, I realize that I've applied that opinion in a very specific way in my life.
I'm not a bad loser in that I'll throw my toys and be a complete twat when I lose; in fact, I can be (somewhat) graceful in defeat and I can (eventually) accept it. But that doesn't mean I have to actually like losing.
If I look at my entrepreneurial journey in the last 5-odd years, I can remember multiple challenges I faced which I only got through, because I absolutely despised the possibility that I might fail / lose. Knowing that I would hate the feeling of losing, made me more competitive and more driven to actually succeed.
So I worked hard. I invested in myself and I tried to learn as much as possible. I took a chance on myself. And sometimes I was obviously flying too close to the sun, believing my wax wings would not melt.
I just hate losing.
And to some extent that has been a primal-like survival instinct that has helped me navigate the tough road of building a business.
This feels like second nature to me; like something that is deeply entrenched into who I am as a person.
It's what makes me, the most unique me I can be.
And it's a competitive advantage; one that will hopefully see me succeeding more often than not in future.
Hate the player, don't hate the game.