The Art of Winning
Some say there is an art to winning, others debate that it’s just about luck. Our culture is obsessed with winning! We follow the wins and losses of our favorite pro or college teams. We talk about winning the lottery. If something is good for both parties, we call it win-win.
Winning is a hot topic. You can buy books about it. You can take an extension class or seminar to instruct you how.
Or since we live in the internet age, just do a google/bing/yahoo search about the art of winning, and see what you come up with. There are literally millions of references to winning – (many of them references toCharlie Sheen but that would be a whole other post) but I think many of them miss the point.
What is winning really? And is there an art to it?
According to bing:
Definition of winner (n)Bing Dictionary
- [ wínnər ]
- somebody or something winning competition: somebody or something that wins a competition or contest
- somebody or something successful: somebody or something that is or seems likely to become very successful or popular
- winning shot: in some sports, a shot that wins a point
Campbelltown mother and daughter master the art of winning in the pool
By Sean Cunningham
Nov. 5, 2013, 5:08 p.m.
- Winning mentality: Pat Lewis and her daughter Katie know how to be first to reach a finish line. Picture: Jonathan Ng
“MOTHER and daughter Pat Lewis, 54, and Katie, 25, would have to be two of the region’s — if not Australia’s — most prolific Masters medal winners and record breakers in the swimming pool.
The Campbelltown Collegians Masters Swimming Club members backed up from their impressive performances at the World Masters Games in Turin, Italy, in August. They won 11 medals between them.
They added 13 more at the recent Australia Masters Games in Geelong.”
Why is this story so incredible? Because if you read through the entire article, you find that the mother was battling breast cancer, and the daughter (fighting a shoulder injury and told she would never swim again) spent two years out of the pool in rehab before coming back to claim this victory. THAT is winning. Despite difficult circumstances, or being told it was impossible, these ladies achieved incredible success. They didn’t let their illness/injury prevent them from achieving their dreams.
I want my children that it’s possible for them too, despite their arthritis. People like this are the proof. Just look at Jeffrey Gottfurcht:
Californian Jeffrey Gottfurcht Is First Person With Rheumatoid Arthritis to Conquer Everest