Driven competitive people are more than likely very goal oriented. Setting and meeting goals is a very important process for success in what ever you do. Problems can arise though when the goal is the only thing. Taxidermy competitions can be very stressful, we put our hearts and souls into a piece and walk into the competition room and see a white or red ribbon on it. Everyone who's been there knows that "punch in the gut" feeling. It's disappointing for sure but what are you going to do with it now? Lash out at a judge, cut down the competition, go home angry at the world? One of the things that has helped me as a competitor is to not make the goal as important as steps it took to get there. The rewards of a blue ribbon , BOS or even a world championship only last a few minutes where as the memories of all the hours of putting the piece together, the failures and successes of the process will be with you forever. The sole purpose of the state and national organizations is EDUCATION, the only reason anyone is on the board is to help others get to where they want to be in this art we are pursuing. I NEVER LEARNED A SINGLE THING FROM A BLUE RIBBON! but I did learn from the process that got the mount to that point. Enjoy the process, laugh at your mistakes, build confidence on the successes, try not to lash out at others, look inward to solve your problems.. If you take your mind off of winning and focus on producing the very best piece you can possibly make FIRST the awards will take care of themselves. In the end when its all said and done the Destination truly is the journey.