The Legends of the Sun Pig, a blog I don't know (via Making Light, a blog I do know) ruminates on being the second-best swordsman in Caribastos. Strive to be the best, it says, but take some time to appreciate what you have accomplished. Wise words.
It reminded me irrevocably of this, though:
Be careful not to shoot yourself in the belly looking for a fight you can win.
Sometimes the metaphors just write themselves.