It’s time to get serious and ask yourself, are you playing to win or just a bad loser? You’ll then want to apply this same question to the people you associate with: Are they playing to win, or just spending their time spouting bullshit? After reading this you’ll know who’s going to actually accomplish something during their lives and who just needs to join the Shut-the-Fuck-Up Club.
Beware of the storyteller, always talking and never doing. Losers tend to talk a lot about what they are going to do in the future. Their goal is to impress you with stories of how cool they will be tomorrow. Their pattern is that tomorrow never brings any action, and just becomes another day of stories that they will never take action on. When asked why yesterday’s story of future greatness never happened, they will tell you a story of how it’s someone else’s fault or that they’re just on to bigger and better things today.
If a person actually trying to win is talking, they tend to be asking questions rather than telling stories. They don’t care about feeding their ego and are willing to admit that they don’t know something in hopes of gaining some knowledge. Their pattern is one of gaining understanding that will help them as they take action toward their goal. A real winner isn’t talking much at all. They know what to do, how to do it, and most importantly they know that spending their time talking only distracts them from action. Their pattern is that they are so busy winning, they don’t have much time to talk about it.
Beware of the teacher, full of advice but empty of experience. If you’re a winner, you’ll need to be sure you’re not taking advice from losers. It’s easy to fall into the trap of the teacher as he tells you how he would have done things differently from the way you did. The second that someone opens their mouth with advice, interrupt them and ask what hands-on experience they’ve had. If you’re a winner, you’ll be amazed at how many times people with zero experience seem to think they should be telling you what to do.
Beware of the defeated, hating themselves for failing and wanting the same for you. The only difference between winners and losers is that winners don’t stop until they win. They may lose today’s race but they’re back in the game tomorrow with new knowledge and more experience. They know it will take time and effort but they also know that they grow stronger and smarter every day, meaning that winning is inevitable. Winners see their goal as a puzzle that they learning to solve. Losers bounce from thing to thing, trying one after another in a half-ass manner, and the only time they “win” is because of dumb luck, as they never apply any real effort.
Finally, please realize that my definition of a winner doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re winning right now; rather it’s a state of mind. Winning isn’t a result. Winning is about the process leading up to the result. As a winner yourself, you’ll want to align with other people that have the winner mentality. This is important because it’s the winners that haven’t started winning yet that will be your most valuable friends later on.
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