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Is rock bottom the way to the top?

On the radio, one day, a few months ago, I heard a portion of a show where the host said "...in hockey, the worst teams get first draft pick to keep the league competitive."

The question that immediately popped to my mind was "Do you have to hit rock bottom to get to the top?"

If I live in a competitive world, and I happen to not be performing very well, then when do I get my first draft picks - and in my world what are they?

As an overall life strategy, do you want to hit bottom so you can pick from the top? In life, is the cream of the crop ever available to you from the bottom?

It feels like in life it would not be, but don't be so quick to judge, sometimes we find things in places we never expected.

Research Notes:
I have no idea what I'm talking about when it comes to hockey and these three sites helped me gain a bit of an understanding of draft picks - if you're as naive as I am you may want to click through.
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The worst picks of all time
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