In his best selling book The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek makes us aware of the need to pick our worthy rival to stay on course.
In an finite game e.g. football there are fixed set of players , rules are fixed , duration is fixed. As a result of this “winning” , being the “best” are options.
In infinite games where duration in unknown , rules are not predefined , players are unknown it is of paramount importance to a player to keep playing with the goal of advancement of a “just cause”.
In such a game where being the “best” or “winning” does not matter , it is very important to know and pick a “worthy rival” from whom a thing or two can learnt for survival in the long run.