It will not get you noticed as a great winner if you can easily cross the finish line with little effort and no competition. Then everyone can be a winner and what will make you stand apart from the rest?
It is when you have the weight on your back, the chains binding you , the hurdles ahead to stumble over and the competition trying to knock you out of the race that you become noticed when you cross the finish line.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs,even though chequered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy or suffer too much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory or defeat.”
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt