"...it's how you play the game."
The sport of exhibiting pedigreed cats can be one of the most rewarding experiences that you ever have, and one where you are surrounded by people who love cats just as much as you do. Or, it can be an act of frustration, one where you feel like a failure because you didn't win (or place high enough). And it can either one of these things to the same person - the difference is that person's attitude.
Part of the NewBee Program's focus is to not just teach new exhibitors how to exhibit, but to also developing a mindset that expands beyond points and rosettes earned. The most rewarding parts of the cat fancy aren't the trophies and rosettes. It's the people who become your friends and allies, the knowledge that you gain about your breed, the expansion of your breeding program, and finally, what you go on to share with others. Points and triumphs are fleeting. Friendships and a sense of community is what continues - from the fanciers who came before you to the ones that you may someone mentor.
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes. "