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Handout #329: How to Tell a Winner from a Loser

How to Tell a Winner from a Loser

(Reprinted by permission of Sidney J. Harris and Publishers Newspaper Syndicate)

A WINNER says “Let’s find out, a loser says, Nobody knows.”  When a WINNER makes a mistake, he says, “I was wrong”, when a loser makes a mistake, he says, “It wasn’t my fault.”

A WINNER credits his “good luck” for winning – even though it isn’t good luck; a loser blames his “bad luck” for losing – even though it isn’t bad luck.

A WINNER knows how and when to say “Yes” and “No”; a loser says, “Yes, but” and “perhaps not” at the wrong times for wrong reasons.

A WINNER isn’t nearly afraid of losing as a loser is secretly afraid of winning.

A WINNER works harder than a loser, and has more time; a loser is always “Too Busy” to do what is necessary.

A WINNER goes through a problem; a loser goes around it, and never gets past it.

A WINNER makes commitments, a loser makes promises.

A WINNER shows he is sorry by making up for it; a loser says “I’m sorry“, but does the same thing next time.

A WINNER knows what to fight for, and what t o compromise on; a loser compromises on whet he shouldn’t and fights for what isn’t worthwhile fighting about.

A WINNER says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be”, a loser says “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.”

A WINNER listens, a loser just waits until it is his turn to talk.

A WINNER would rather be admired than liked, although he would prefer both; a loser would rather be liked than admired, and willing to pay the price of mild contempt for it.

A WINNER feels strong enough to be gentle, a loser is never gentle – He is either weak or pettily tyrannous by turns.

A WINNER explains; a loser explains away.

A WINNER respects those who are superior to him, and tries to learn something from them, a loser resents those who are superior to him, and tries to find chinks in his armor.

A WINNER feels responsible for more than his job; a loser says, “I only work here.”

A WINNER says, “There ought to be a better way to do it”, a loser says, “That’s the way it’s always been done here.”

A WINNER paces himself; a loser has only two speeds:  hysterical and lethargic.

STOP!   THINK!   REFLECT!   HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP??

WITH BURNING DESIRE TO EXCEL, WITH DEDICATED EFFORT AND THE COURAGE TO TRY – YOU TOO CAN BE A W I N N E R.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #329: How to Tell a Winner from a Loser. Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #8: Reaching Goals (Succeeding) . . .

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 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #8 Reaching Goals (Succeeding) . . .

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people.   You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts.  Then read and browse the material as you desire.  Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

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REACHING GOALS (SUCCEEDING) …

Winner vs. Loser

The Winter – is always part of the answer;

The Loser – is always part of the problem;

The Winner – always has a program;

The Loser – always has an excuse;

The Winner – says “Let me do it for you;”

The Loser – says “That’s not my job;”

The Winner – sees an answer for every problem;

The Loser – sees a problem for ever answer;

The Winner – sees a green near every sand trap;

The Loser – sees two or three sand traps near every green;

The Winner – says, “It may be difficult but it’s possible;”

The Loser – says, “It may be possible but it’s too difficult.”

Be A Winner!

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VICTOR HUGO …   “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”

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DEMOSTHENES …   “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

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“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.

Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it – but all that had gone before.”

– Jacob Riis

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GEORGE BERNARD SHAW …   “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

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 “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become but it.”

– John Ruskin

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VINCE LOMBARDI …  “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of Will.”

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Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”

– Willa A. Foster

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VINCE LOMBARDI …  “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

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 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #8 Reaching Goals (Succeeding) . . .

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people.   You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts.  Then read and browse the material as you desire.  Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

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Handout #2: What is the Price of Success?; Optimist vs. Pessimist

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SUCCESS?  

To use all of your courage to force yourself to concentrate on the problem at hand, to think of it deeply and constantly, to study it from all angles and to plan.

To have a high and sustained determination to put over what you plan to accomplish, not if circumstance be favorable to its accomplishment, but in spite of all advers circumstances which may arise … and nothing, nothing worthwhile has ever been accomplished without some obstacles to overcome.

 To refuse to believe that there are any circumstances sufficiently strong to defeat you in the accomplishment of your purpose, goal or objective.

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OPTIMIST – VS – PESSIMIST                 By William Arthur Ward

The optimist turns the impossible into possible – The pessimist turns the possible into the impossible.

The optimist pleasantly ponders how high his kite will fly – the pessimist woefully wonders how soon his kite will fall.

The optimist sees a green near every sand trap – the pessimist sees a sand trap near every green.

The optimist looks at the horizon and sees an opportunity – the pessimist peers into the distance and fears a problem.

To the optimist all doors have handles and hinges – to the pessimist all doors have locks and latches.

The optimist promotes progress, prosperity and plenty – the pessimist preaches limitations, liabilities and losses.

The optimist accentuates assets, abundance, and advantages – the pessimist majors in mistakes, misfortunes and misery.

The optimist goes out and finds the bell – the pessimist gives up and wrings his hands.

NOW – HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP?

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*     The trouble with this world is that too many people try to go through life with a catcher’s mit on both hands.

*     A man’s happiness and success in life will depend not so much upon what he has, or upon what position he occupies as upon what he is, and the heart he carries into his position. – J. J. Wilson

*     I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure – which is: Try To Please Everybody.

*     If things are not going well with you, begin correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it. – Roger Babson

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For a PDF file of the original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here Handout #2: What is the Price of Success; Optimist vs. Pessimist.

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