With district competition underway, it is import to remember the theme I Am DECA. Competition is a very stressful time and not everyone wins but it is important to keep in mind that we are all striving for the same goal. To learn, compete, and network. So before you, or any of your members get discouraged because they didn't win at district competition, always remember this:
I Am DECA means we are all one and we are all striving for the same goals. The first goal is to learn. Competition is one the biggest ways we learn from DECA. With testing we learn all there is to know about marketing, finance, hospitality and management. With role plays we get to put what we have learned and apply it to a real world situation. Take all of these experiences and keep them with you so that you have put all of these into good use.
A majority of us DECA members are very competitive. It is why we are in DECA, to showcase our skills and show them off. Nothing is better than seeing all the hard work you put into something pay off with a reward. Even if you don’t win, competing by itself is a huge accomplishment. Think about all of those members who don't want to compete and all of the people in your school who are afraid of competing. Competition is a huge lesson learned because it will give you the confidence to do anything such as a job interview.
Finally, networking is a huge part of DECA, and that should always be remembered. Outside of competition DECA provides you with the opportunity to meet business professionals from your community. This can go a long way in helping you with your future endeavors. Keep all of you contacts you receive from business professionals because you never know when you will be able to use them for good use. Networking is a huge part of the business world, and being exposed to that is a great opportunity.