Can’t Have Pros Without Cons

Winning something you really want can be the greatest feeling in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only feeling you feel. Every situation has its pros and cons, even the greatest situations. They say you can’t have light without dark, good without bad, and (I don’t know if they really say this but I do) pros without cons. Here is a prime example: Winning a town pageant.

Pro 1: Winning something you have worked really hard for makes you feel like the most triumphant person in the world. Sometimes we work so hard for something and never seem to get recognized for it, but when you do get recognized it makes it all seem worth it. That feeling it definitely a pro!

Con 1: Sometimes all that recognition goes to your head. Usually people don’t mean to let it happen, but winning can give you an incorrect feeling of authority. This authority has the potential to drive people away, including the people you love the most. It can be hard to come back to reality after the superiority of winning takes control.

Pro 2: Accomplishing your dream isn’t usually the easiest thing in the world, but when you work hard they can become in reach. When you accomplish one dream, it gives you the confidence to work toward more dreams. The more dreams you have, the harder you work. It’s like a never ending circle, but a good circle none the less. When you accomplish a dream, it is a big moment in your life. It’s something that sticks with you forever.

Con 2: In every competition there is a winner, and therefore a loser. Or course the winner should feel happy about their success, but sometimes there is an underlying sadness for the other contestants. More than likely, everyone who tried, tried for a reason. It’s just as much their dream as it is yours. This can be a sticky situation for the winner because they want to be happy but at the same time there is guilt for taking away the happiness of the other contestants. Again, you can’t have happy without sad or pros without cons.

Pro 3: Winning a competition of any sort gets your mane out there. People want to you who you are and why/what you won. They type of people you meet depends on the competition you won. A beauty pageant? You might meet designers and stylists. An academic competition? You might be introduced to scholars and university deans/professors. Networking is really important what finding schools and job. It’s all about who you know, and when you win something, you have the potential to know a lot of people.

Con 3: The problem with meeting new and important people, is that your every move is watched by someone. You have to always do the right thing. Of course, you should already be doing the right thing, but now you really have to watch yourself. Even the smallest thing could be taken the wrong way. You have to watch both what you say and what you do. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it is something you might not think about.

Winning anything has the potential to have pros and cons, even when the pros are the first and sometimes only ones we see. It can be the greatest feeling in the world. You can’t have light without dark, good without bad, or pros without cons.

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