Another quote by JFK. This quote is deeper than it sounds.
Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life– John F. Kennedy
Being number one in anything that requires effort, is hard.
The difficulty to achieve a higher rank is not linear: Surpassing the lower ranks require little effort. Surpassing the middle ranks requires some effort. Surpassing the high ranks require a lot of effort. But being number one requires a lot of consistent effort. Being number one is hard and require a lot of sacrifice and dedication from you. The number one position requires much more effort than being in the top 3-5 positions.
Being number one, requires a mindset, a determination. Once you accept to be second, you lose this mindset and determination. And once lost, you would never be able to regain it again.