Here is something else I’ve had hanging around for a few years along with The Optimist Creed. There is nothing bugging me today!
I bring you “Winners and Losers” by Sydney J. Harris.
Sydney J. Harris was an American journalist for the Chicago Daily News and later the Chicago Sun-Times. His column, “Strictly Personal,” was syndicated in many newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.
Winners and Losers (1973)
1. Winners make commitments.
Losers only make promises.
2. Winners know what to fight for and when to compromise.
Losers compromise on what they shouldn’t and fight for what isn’t worthwhile.
3. Winners say, “There ought to be a better way”.
Losers say, “That’s the way it’s always been”.
4. Winners make a mistake and say, “I was wrong”.
Losers make a mistake and say, “It was not my fault”.
5. Winners listen.
Losers just wait their turn to talk.
6. Winners have a healthy appreciation of their abilities and an awareness of their limitations.
Losers don’t recognize their true abilities or their true limitations.
7. Winners work through problems.
Losers work around them.
8. Winners are sensitive to other’s feelings.
Losers are only sensitive to their own feelings.
9. Winners take a big problem and divide it into smaller parts so that it can be more manageable.
Losers take a lot of little problems and roll them together until they are unmanageable.
10. Winners work hard and find more time.
Losers are always “too busy.”
11. Winners show they are sorry by changing their actions.
Losers say, “I’m sorry,” but do the same thing next time.
12. Winners learn from their mistakes.
Losers only learn not to try again for fear of making more mistakes.
You can choose to be a winner!
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