In the early rounds of a tournament I'd be satisfied only putting in 75% effort as long as I advance. Sometimes the other guy will just hand you the match, other times you can just let the match sort itself out. If the guy puts up a fight and it takes a tough three sets to get the win, that doesn't make that win any more or less significant. I just want to keep competing. Now if I play against the top seed in the first round and play the match of my life and still lose, it feels good to elevate your game but I wouldn't exactly be ecstatic because I'm out of the tournament.
I don't interpret those lines from Kipling's 'If' to mean that win or lose the result is inconsequential, I take it to mean that no matter the result you should show good sportsmanship, be humble when victorious, take pride in a your effort in a loss.
Last edited by goran_ace; 12-19-2012 at 05:33 AM.