If we do not contend, we can neither be victorious or defeated. It is said that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but it also been said that the nail that sticks up gets hammered down. We can never be sure of the consequences of our actions. Predictability is unpredictable. If we are one with the Dao, being victorious holds no gold for us for we will have no use for gold. Men steal it, kill for it, die for it, but it is all unnecessary when you understand what makes the world go around.