Yes. Look at the life of Jesus. He finished last because He stood for what is right. I am not saying not to do that, but I am saying that Jesus is the prime example. Next in line is Job. Boy howdy, that dude had bad luck. I guess that lesson is to trust God and whatnot although God does puzzle me quite a bit.
Nice guys can finish last. But nice guys frequently finish somewhere in the middle, too! There' s nothing wrong this. Being first shouldn't be our prime objective . . . being the best person one can possibly be is more important. By the way, a lot of people that I know that consider themselves a nice guy actually aren't. They're fairly rotten in the heart.
Not necessarily. Civility can take you far.