Healthy Competition
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"The biggest things are always the easiest to do because there is no competition.”

–William Van Horne, pioneering Canadian railway executive

Ken was a neighbour and buddy of mine from school. Throughout junior high school Ken scored higher than me on every test, ran faster in every race and came out on top of every competition. Ken could shrug off his victories but, to me, they were frustrating and demoralizing. The latest competition was part of our annual 4-H fundraising endeavour – raising money toward our 4-H Colour Night, the final celebration of our year together. The tickets were 25 cents each and each book contained 25 tickets. The raffle prize was a food hamper filled with goodies from the club mothers – all farm wives. The prize for selling the most tickets was a stora...

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