Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Wed, 18 Dec 1996 10:10:50 -0600
Winning isn't everything
I'm sure you all have heard Vince Lombardi's famous saying, "Winning isn't
everything, it's the only thing." I was suprised to learn that this is a
misquote. According to his son, what he really said was, "Winning isn't
everything, but striving to win is."
I like this saying a lot better because winning is not the only thing.
It's important, but lot's of other things are too, like improved skills, and
feeling good about yourself, and sportsmanship.
Remember that losing isn't the same thing as failure; losing only means
that someone else was a little bit better than you for a few hours.
Remember that success isn't the same as winning; the Scout who plays
honestly and fairly succeeds, even if he loses a game to someone who doesn't
Let me tell you about a man I've been reading about. When he was a young
boy his family lost their home and had to move to another state. A few
years later his mother died. As a young man he started a store, but went
broke at age 22. The next year he ran for the State Legislature and lost;
over the next 25 years he would run for public office repeatedly and win
only twice. The same year he lost his job, and applied for law school but
couldn't get in. The next year he borrowed money from a friend to start
another business but by the end of the year went bankrupt again and spent
the next 17 years paying off the debt. Two years his fiance died; when he
finally did marry 8 years later it was not a happy marriage. At age 26 he
had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for 6 months.
You listen to this and are probably thinking "What a loser!" And if he had
stopped trying you would be right. But this man didn't let failure stop
him. He kept trying and became one of our greatest Presidents. I've been
talking to you about Abraham Lincoln.
Let me read something he wrote after losing one of his political campaigns:
"The path was worn and slippery. My foot slipped from under me, knocking
the other out of the way, but I recovered and said to myself, 'It's a slip
and not a fall.'"
Mark W. Arend
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