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What type of competition did you last participate in? Did you perhaps participate in a bake-off? You may have baked a chocolate cake for the event. You then brought your cake to the bake-off, set it on a table among the other cakes to be judged, and eagerly awaited the outcome of the contest. You may have also participated in a school talent show. You spent weeks singing the song that you were going to sing, practicing and practicing, dreaming of taking home the tropy. Finally, you may have written a short story for a writing contest that you learned about from a magazine ad. You eyed the deadline closely, working diligently on your piece for the contest. It had to be perfect, with perfect characters, plot, sentence structure, and grammar. Thinking back on the competitions that you have entered, why did you enter them?

Most often, people enter competitions because of the prizes that the winners get. Many competitive events give trophies. Some competitions offer cash prizes for the winners--cash that they can use for whatever they need or want. Other types of competitions offer college scholarships or recording contracts. Prizes are not the only reason why people participate in competitions, however.

Another reason why many people like participating in competitions is because they enjoy challenging themselves. When they see what they are competing against, they like to see what they can do to increase their chances of winning. If they have competed in the event before, they look back on what they did then and see what they can do differently this time so that they might come out on top. Students studying for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, for example, would focus on learning the hardest words. They would study day and night. As they prepared for this event, they would study both easy and hard words. That way, they might be able to advance in the competition.

Opportunities to challenge yourself come up from time to time. Watch for contests that interest you. They may be announced online, on the radio, or on television. Then, sign up to participate in them. Be advised, however, that legitimate contests usually have only one winner, rather than an "everybody wins" policy. Work hard, and do your best. Enjoy the excitement and suspense of a competition. If you do not win, but you enjoyed your endeavor, begin preparing for the next contest, and enter as soon as you learn that entries are being accepted. Good luck.


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