The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding

Never try to be better than someone else. Never try to be better than someone else, always learn from others. Never cease trying to be the best you can be — that’s under your control. If you get too engrossed and involved and concerned in regard to the things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect the things over which you have control.

There is a simple verse that said, “At God’s footstool to confess, a poor soul knelt, and bowed his head. ‘I failed!’ he cried. The Master said, ‘Thou didst thy best, that is success.'”

We can define success as “peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable”. And that’s true. If you make the effort to do the best of which you’re capable, trying to improve the situation that exists for you, this is success, and others can’t judge that.

It’s like character and reputation — your reputation is what you’re perceived to be; your character is what you really are. And character is much more important than what you are perceived to be. You’d hope they’d both be good, but they won’t necessarily be the same.

Don’t whine. Don’t complain. Don’t make excuses. Just get out there, and whatever you’re doing, do it to the best of your ability. And no one can do more than that. Never mention winning. You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game, and you can win when you’re outscored.

That’s what really matters: if you make an effort to do the best you can regularly, the results will be about what they should be. Not necessarily what you’d want them to be but they’ll be about what they should; only you will know whether you can do that.

Summing-up: Cervantes said, “The journey is better than the end.” Sometimes when you get there, there’s almost a let down. But it’s the getting there that’s the fun.”

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