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When second is better than first…

Who wants to be second?  In the hyper-competitive American society in which we live – no one.  To the winners go the spoils…or so the saying goes, but sometimes first and second isn’t about winning and losing.  Sometimes, second is better than first.

<Logic breaks down.  Worlds c-r-u-m-b-l-e.  ANARCHY!>

Despite the math not adding up, many examples show us the value of second.

  • Second provides the underdog advantage.
  • Second gives you the motivation to improve.
  • Second removes the pressure to perform.

Remember “The first bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”  Worm or cheese?  I rest my case.

Most importantly if you’re the second child, your parents already practiced on the first kid.  Number one lived all their mistakes.  Now they know what works…or at least they know one option that doesn’t work.  The probability that they’ll guess right this time is higher.

And so the luck of the Irish is with you Declan Andrew Morris.  Take all of the good in us and none of the bad.  Show us your best.