I’ve been watching contest shows a lot lately. It’s very interesting to see how some people handle the pressure of competition. I’m not talking about so-called “reality” shows where most of the drama is contrived by the producers and heightened by the editors. I’m talking about the real contest shows like cook-off shows and The Voice and even Dancing With The Stars.
You see some of the contestants come in with a clear edge, only to fold under the pressure. You see some who look like they don’t stand a chance, yet step up and shine. They are filled with doubt and fear and what sometimes seem to be overwhelming obstacles and they often outlast the other competitors with nothing … Read the rest