Re: Scoutmasters minutes
M. Cooper (mcooper@MCOOPER.SEANET.COM)
Wed, 18 Dec 1996 23:40:59 -0800
Mark Arend wrote:
> Winning isn't everything
> I'm sure you all have heard Vince Lombardi's famous saying, "Winning isn
> 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
My high school basketball coach taught me a lesson that I have lived by
and tried to pass on to both adults and youth over the past 30-some
"If you won at someone elses expense, you have indeed lost"
My high school won a lot of games and I played in three state
tournaments and as this message was given to the players at every
practice and every game by my coach, it has taken me these many years to
understand in how many aspects of one's life it applies. The final
score on the board doesn't all ways reflect the true winners.
Appreciate Marks remarks on this topic. Competition can be healthy if
the goal is clear and the work is honest.
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