Not everybody knows about the sport of powerlifting. Those who do not know about the sport, judge powerlifters on cockiness and over-confidence. Also, some might consider powerlifters bullies, but that's just what they see on the outside. They figure that powerlifters think too much of themselves.
Also, people out there doesn't know the competitiveness of the powerlifter. If you're new to the sport, this is the right place to learn about it. Powerlifting is all about raw strength. Manly people get into powerlifting because the want to greatly improve their strength. The same reason can be said for me and lots of others I know.
You do the squat, bench press, and deadlift and whoever has lifted the most weight wins first place. But that's rarely the case in powerlifting meets. Some lifters go to meets to do one or two things: to break records and/or to break personal records. In competitions, lifters help out each other. If your used too heavy competition like football or baseball, this could throw you for a loop like it did me at my first meet. Another thing to note is that there is lots of comraderie amongst lifters, as if they are all there to do the same purpose.
Somehow, powerlifters become humble over time. I've never met a powerlifter who wasn't. Powerlifters also know their own strength. If you shake a powerlifters hand sometimes, they won't crush your hand. That's how in control of their own strength they are. Also, powerlifters respect each other, something that you don't find everywhere else. Plus, powerlifters external (outside) appearance is deceiving. Some powerlifters might not look strong, but they are strong. I guess that's what teaches humbleness.
Powerlifting is also a sport of endless possibilities. Once you reach a personal best, you have to keep going and going. All in all, in powerlifting, expect the unexpected. I plan on being in this sport for a very long time because of the people I meet and what I can do in the sport. If your reading this, you might want to try the sport out yourself. Who knows, I might see you at a meet.