A long time back (About a year ago) on my blog, I put out a note that said that anyone who came to our office and beat me in ping pong would get a free hosting account. I actually had a few people take me up on the offer. There are not that many things that I am actually good at, but ping pong is one of them. One of the people who contacted me to play was named Ryan. He is actually a good friend of mine now, but at the time I had never met him. I was talking with a few of my other ping pong buddies about this “Ryan guy” that was coming over and they asked if he was Ryan that is the number #1 rated player in Utah. At this point I started getting worried.
Long story short, I wont the first game and then it started to go downhill in a hurry. It was clear that Ryan wasn’t just better, but he was a LOT better. Sometimes you think you are the best and maybe you are in your little pond, but there is ALWAYS somebody somewhere that is better. Ryan and I play almost every week now. I am much better than I was a year ago, but alas he is still better and wins everytime. The difference now is that I know what to expect and what to work on. The gap is narrowing and sometimes I give him a close run for his money.
Dont’ be afraid to call out #1 on anything you are doing whether it is work related or a simple sports competition, but be ready! Otherwise you might just get killed like I did