Being a Winner or Being a Loser

Don’t ever assume your job is "safe." In baseball, you only hear you're "safe" after a play's over. Be playing all the time.

Being ahead in the score only matters at the end of the game. You don't HAVE to be the winner at half time.

Besides, you can't make a second half comeback until the second half.

Sometimes you just have to refuse to jump through hoops when they don’t make sense.

It’s better to learn from the successes of being a winner, but at least learning from mistakes makes mistakes valuable.

"What would have happened if?" discussions are for TV reporters. Real players make things happen no matter what.

As much as you may like being a winner, sometimes it’s best to step up and be the first person to give in when everybody's being stupid and proud.

When you have lost something, it's always in the last place you look for it.

How a Winner Leads

And as a final note, here’s a compelling article from the Kansas City Star about former University of Kansas basketball coach Larry Brown’s relationship with current coach Bill Self, and his involvement with the team this past season. Larry Brown certainly has both fans and detractors for his style, but I was really struck by how, as much as the national championship game meant to him, he departed before the game to avoid the possibility of compromising any confidences he held about Kentucky, KU’s opponent in last Monday’s national championship basketball game. What a wonderful example of someone acting for the greater good even though it wasn’t what he would have wanted. And that behavior is a lot about what defines a winner. - Mike Brown


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