Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s Eighth Rule – Deserve Victory. Now on the surface this seems like an odd rule. There is really nothing in it that provides commentary to what it means so it is one of those things that you have to meditate on for a bit. What this rule basically challenges is any form of entitlement mentality. You cannot be a person who believes in entitlement and make the claim that victory should always be deserved. To deserve something requires effort and struggle against an obstacle or problem so when victory is achieved no one can say they handed you anything on the way to that victory.
The implications of this rule are man but most importantly is to understand that no one really owes you anything. It is the essence of the idea that trophies, achievements and championships are best accomplished through your own efforts. I have resistance to accepting gifts and favors although I will accept them when I run into something that I cannot overcome, but the best victories in life are the one’s I deserved because the effort and sacrifice were all mine.
But there is more to this than just satisfaction. When you use any means to achieve your ends without considering that you should deserve them, you begin to look at people as objects to your ends. The idea of I need to deserve this victory or reward keeps you from looking a people and organizations as means to your ends. It keeps your humanity intact and allows you to look t even your opponents and obstacles with respect. It is a strong opponent that yields a great victory or accomplishment. It also keeps you looking for new and greater challenges instead of just winning easily against the same opponents.