Sunday, July 27, 2008

Winners and Losers Part 2

The difference between a winner and a loser is really just a matter of how you look at circumstances in life and then deal with them. All of us find ourselves on the losing end at some time or another; it's how we cope with failure that determines whether or not we are a winner.

Winners make things happen
Losers watch things happen

Winners know that if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well
Losers look for the least amount of effort

Winners are always involved in the answer
Losers are always part of the problem

Winners know there is still much to learn
Losers think they know it all

Winners never give up
Losers quit as soon as things get difficult

The following are examples of some of the most successful people in history and their failures:

SIR EDMUND HILLARY wanted to climb Mount Everest and after three failed attempts finally succeeded. People said, "You've conquered the mountain," and Hillary said, "No, I've conquered myself."

HENRY FORD'S first two automobile companies failed. That did not stop him from incorporating Ford Motor Company and being the first to apply assembly line manufacturing to the production of affordable automobiles in the world.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN failed as a storekeeper, as a farmer and at his first attempt to obtain political office. He failed in his first attempt to go to Congress, then again when he sought the appointment to the United States Land Office. He was defeated twice when ran for the United States Senate and failed to receive the nomination for the vice-presidency in 1856.

BILL GATES (a Harvard dropout) first company was a failure. Gates used $3,400 of his own money to start a company called Traf-O-Data, a device to process the paper tapes generated by traffic counting boxes. Eventually, the State of Washington offered free traffic processing services, causing the company to lose money.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, a German composer of classical music, is widely regarded as one of history's supreme composers. Before the start of his career, Beethoven's music teacher once said of him, "As a composer, he is hopeless". And during his career, he lost his hearing, yet managed to produce great music.

Just like the list of greats who stumbled along the way, the message is to keep trying, never giving up and persevering with your dreams. They key is to recognize your shortcomings, improve upon them and develop a winning attitude rather than that of a loser.

Thanks Clay, I had to highlight the part about Abraham....

All the best to everyone, their family, and their success.


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