Losers often say they didn’t have enough time, talent, and treasure.
Having been present on both sides, neither did the winners.
So what really separates the two?
That may be worth figuring out.
What do you think?
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I do think this is worth figuring out, since I’ve wondered this myself from time to time. Here are a few distinguishing characteristics that I’ve come up with: creative, passionate, dedicated, and lucky (or perhaps a better way of looking at it– risk-takers). Another question along these same lines that I’ve often wondered about is whether or not these characteristics can be learned, or is being a “winner,” even without the talent, time, or treasure, something that’s just inherent?
Yow, Jeff! You sure cut right to the heart of the matter!
Can the answer be learned? I hope so!
Which of your distinguishing characteristics are required? Perhaps that can only be determined in hindsight, so preparation is for all of these.
Finally, “risk taking?” By George I think you’ve got it!
Perseverance and persistence: http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/efficacynotgiveup.html
Or as was said about Green Bay football,
“Nobody beats the Packers. sometimes the clock runs out on them”
I think a good part of it is prioritization … knowing what you want to go after and paying the price to go after it. Often the losers don’t really know what they want or, if they do, either aren’t willing to pay the price or aren’t disciplined enough to do so. As explained in a little booklet titled ‘Tyranny of the Urgent‘, we often let the ‘urgent’ issues keep us distracted from the ‘important’ issues.
Good book, Sam. I like it. Thank you!