Losers Changed the World
Just came across an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer by William Ecenbarger entitled, Obsession with Winning Crowds Out Useful Lessons. William explains the necessity of losing… “Losing is part of the price of life – in job, in a relationship, on the tennis court… Losing is one of life’s constant companions, ever unwelcome, ever there. He explains that “Losers changed the world. Columbus missed his target by 1,000 miles. Thomas Edison had most of his inventing triumphs before the age of 40 and in his later years rolled up an ever-increasing number of failures. Mozart died impoverished.”
Unfortunately, losing is taboo in our society, and one of the terrible side affects of our “loser loathing” is that many will avoid losing at all costs by sitting on the sidelines. In other words, they won’t even try. “Americans need to lose their fear of losing, even see that it has a positive side… losing can be positive and ennobling if it compels us to examine why we lost.”
Thoughts Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: Spoken like a true loser!
Wanda B. Goode: The fear of failure is alive and well in corporate America. Failure avoidance is typically the safe play. It’s not very rewarding, though, and it’s not much fun either.
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