Originally posted by @mchill
America is a wonderful country in many ways, as a business owner, I'm thankful to live in a place where free market enterprises are encouraged. American's however, are hurting themselves in many ways in thinking if you don't finish # 1, you've failed. This stands in stark contrast to thinking in other parts of the world.
In a former NY Times bestseller a ...[text shortened]... icle on this very subject.
Geez, I don't know. If you could actually be the best tennis player in the world but decide not to, that sounds silly.
I do not know why you would not take the chance to be an elite person in your field and to also get a paycheck from doing something that you love but... You'd rather just pursue a career as a doctor where you make less money, have zero recognition, and work 50-60+ hours a week...
None of that make sense...
BUT, let's say someone is an average chess player and has zero prospects of ever earning a dime from it, and they have a perfectly decent middle class job... Yeah, in these contexts striking the perfect life/work/hobby balance and not caring about winning is logical.
WHy care so much about winning when you are just a regular guy on a website or in the office?
... But even still... Why not try to be the best that you can be?
This whole thing is like trying to validate platitudes with an example that does a bad job of it.