I find the picture above particularly interesting, though no offence to the guy at the back. I find this image a good fit to an illustration I like to share about. It portrays a very interesting visual separation of a champion that has already done it (PLAYER) and someone who aspires but only does it from a distance (WATCHER)
Are we PLAYERS or WATCHERS? We have been motivated and inspired by the great achievement in Singapore’s sporting history and sport as a medium has transcended our understanding about success and attainment that can happen in our lifetime.
However, are we still living as PLAYERS or WATCHERS?
I recently caught the new movie “NERVE”, it is out in cinemas NOW and it was a good portrayal of 2 uniquely different types of people. The first, a WATCHER who would pay to see the action but would not want to be involved in the game. The second, a PLAYER, who goes for the quest set by watchers and who fights and strives to win the prize. The sypnosis of the movie is about an “Industrious high school senior Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts) who is tired of living life on the sidelines. Pressured by her friends, Vee decides to join Nerve, a popular online game that challenges players to accept a series of dares. It’s not long before the adrenaline-fueled competition requires her to perform increasingly dangerous stunts. When Nerve begins to take a sinister turn, Vee finds herself in a high-stakes finale that will ultimately determine her entire future”
3 Distinct differences between a PLAYER and a WATCHER
(P.s I would not spoil the show, I will not use exact examples from the movie to illustrate the next pointers)
1) Players Fight, Watchers Flight
As a participant, we are in tuned with the rules of the game, we seek to understand the perimeters of the regulations. Having a ‘Players’ mindset, it encourages us to be bold and to fight for our dreams and goals in life. A ‘Player’ represents a contestant in the field and a ‘Player’ has the chance to win it over a ‘Watcher’. A ‘Watcher’ will only be there to catch the final action and make comments about the life of the ‘Player’. A ‘Watcher’ will take flight when the team loses, a ‘Watcher’ will only be as faithful as their believe in the ‘Player’
2) Players Sacrifice, Watchers Withold
‘Players’ make a lot of sacrifice. In sport, the sacrifice amounts to the journey which often is the destination of the quest. The hours in training, the failures along the way, the dedication poured into their life in sport is kind of scary with the reality at the back of their minds, to not know the end goal. This is the type of sacrifice a ‘Player’ makes. With that being said, does the ‘player’ still puts in the effort to ensure he/she gets there? I am sure they would. A ‘Watcher’ will withhold and take very calculated risk (not saying that is is bad) but without ‘getting out of the boat’? How would the ‘Watcher’ know the depths of the sea? The mindset of a “Watcher’ will remain that of a bystander.
3) Players Triumph, Watchers Fail
At the end of the journey, there is a triumph for the ‘Player’. If it is not a medal or record, the very least is the experience accumulated throughout the journey. A ‘Watcher’ will fail to understand the journey and they can only bask in the victory of others (mentioned it in my previous post - http://imcalvinkang.com/3-impactful-ways-to-support-an-athlete/). The episode ends when the ‘Player’ has achieved everything and the ‘Watcher’ restarts from the beginning.
What does it mean for me? What do I do if I am a ‘Watcher’? How can I be a ‘Player’?
Go realize your dreams today! Get out of the boat and start living it!