In my last posting, I wrote about the concept of winners and losers and the idea that some people believe there can be only one winner. To me, having only one winner negates so many good things that happen in life and in business.
I looked up the word “winner” on Dictionary.com and found this definition:
“a person or thing that wins; victor.”
Looking further down the page I came across this definition:
“a person or thing that seems sure to win or succeed”
The difference in wording is subtle but, I believe, very important. The first definition implies a single winner, while the second implies that a winner is a winner because they “succeed.”
I continued reviewing definitions and came across this definition of winner:
“an excellent person or thing. : This one is a real winner.”
Now, that’s more like it. This definition seems to leave some wiggle room for there being more than one winner without demeaning the importance of competition or excellence. Being a winner is about being “excellent” or even “excelling” and is not limited to only the “last man standing.” I would say that my favorite basketball team which ended up with 30 wins and only 3 losses is a group of winners. They were focused on excellence and achieved it.
It’s pretty clear as you read through these definitions that there is some consistency in terms of excellence but some inconsistency in whether or not there can be only one winner.
Years ago I came across a “demotivational” poster that stated:
“Since there can only be one winner, there’s an excellent chance that you are a loser.”
How’s that for a message. Inspirational, isn’t it. Makes you want to give up before you ever get started.
I believe that the concept of winners and losers is an important one for all of us in both our personal and professional lives. And focusing on the idea of a single winner is a great way to make sure that you’re never bothered by the pressure of being that winner. To me, being a winner is more about attitude than it is about competition. And, since we control our attitudes, we also control whether or not we want to be, and WILL be, winners or losers.
I’ll have more about this next week.
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