Not everybody knows this, but I regularly compete in public speaking competitions. Aside from admitting that I’m a total nerd, I am unabashedly proud of the selfless, inspiring, and faithful friends I’ve made competing the last two years.
I was fortunate to take first place again this year in the District 48 Toastmasters International Evaluation Contest, keeping my championship title for two years in a row. And while many people congratulated me and sang praises about my performance, I know that my role in the victory was small. The real heroes of the night were those who supported my journey, those who coached me selflessly, and those who challenged themselves to compete along side me.
The winner’s circle is often mistaken as the place where champions get recognized. In fact, it is the place where victors recognize how blessed they are to have a circle of winners around them.