“Being number two sucks.” – Andre Agassi
Everyone idolizes and adores the winner, the person who is on top.
What about the person that is almost but not quite there? The person ranked second that doesn’t get the accolades, that loses the Big Game, that is on the cusp of greatness?
Being so close to the pinnacle hurts more than never coming close. And for those with the depth of spirit, the pain of “almost” is a driver to better.