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Things in life I find annoying - Winners and Losers

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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  1. January 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    What can I say? Every word is true – and I’m glad you held onto that piece of paper Rose. Very powerful indeed.

    • January 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      Thanks Barb. So am I. These days with computers people tend to save or bookmark and rarely print items like this. 🙂

  2. January 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    A great post Rose – every word is true. Sad thing is, try as you may you can’t help losers overcome their negative attitude…such a pity!

    • January 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      Thanks PiP, I know what you mean. Either it’s never been pointed out to them or they just don’t care and continue being negative. Having a positive attitude makes living life much nicer. 😉

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