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Do Not Let Your Rank Determine Your Worth

By Elizabeth Tran

Comparisons are inevitable. They are the basis of how we judge ourselves and other groups of people. Many important chapters of our life are determined by people comparing us, including but not limited to what college we get into, what job offers we receive, and what our ranking is in a competition we care so deeply about.

So it’s no surprise that pageants are a comparison competition. Contestants are literally ranked from 1st to 5th place, following a top subdivision, and non-finalists. Sure, it can be points based, but the points are still based on the performance of all the contestants.

Time and time again, contestants will be disappointed in themselves for not getting the placement that they wanted. While it is great to be goal-oriented and try to work to that point, in the end that goal is based on the opinions of a handful of people. It’s beyond your own control and you can’t do anything about it.

If you don’t try to grow from your experience, your disappointment will become your worst enemy. As my marketing professor once told me, “We will pursue perfection with full knowledge we will never receive it.” Always try your best and give it your all, and when it’s over learn what you could have done better.
“Competing against yourself” is not the reality of the pageant, but it’s the mindset you need so you can avoid worrying about the things you can’t control. If you decided to invest the time, money, and energy into putting yourself out there on a pageant stage for the world to see, you have much more value as a human being than any crown, trophy, or title can give you.