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Why playing sport—when there are clear winners and losers—prepares you for real life

Intellectual arguments can end with both people thinking they won. Sport is different.

Portugal knock the Netherlands out of the 2006 football World Cup. Image; Wkimedia Commons

I was always a competitive kid, maybe because I spotted a gap in the market. My brother, who is four years older, knew everything, but was also practical—he was good with his hands, he could make things. If we needed a lean-to in the backyard to store the wood, he would figure out how to build it, and then he would patiently build it. I wasn’t really interested in anything unless you could win.

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