Monday, July 19, 2010

Winners Never Quit

“A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. It's all a matter of pride. “ Nancy Lopez

Nancy Lopez (born January 6, 1957) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1977 and won 48 LPGA Tour events during her LPGA career, including three major championships. She knew how to win.

How do you compete in the game of life? Lots of people don’t like competing in organized sports for lots of reasons, the main one being that they don’t want others to see them lose. Of course losing doesn’t mean you made a mistake or quit or didn’t care enough about winning. Losing and winning are both part of living, and how you do both says a lot about who you are.

There’s a line in an Alison Krause song titled The Lucky One: “ to you the next best thing to playing and winning is playing and losing”; maybe that’s the way we need to look at things. Because the lessons we learn from everything we do all add up to who we are. When those lessons are learned from losses – whether caused by bad breaks, or the fact that others were more prepared, or luckier, or they were just the better player that time – you should use them to learn how to be smarter and better the next time.

In the end, the real competition is with yourself – use it to find reasons and ways to win. Be proud of everything you do and everything you learn, and let that pride be your guide.

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