A Winner Never Quits and A Quitter Never Wins

Winner, Quitter, Whiner and Flitter

Being a winner means a lot of different things to a lot of people. So does being a quitter. If you think that being a winner isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, you’re right. And if you think that being a quitter isn’t always a bad thing, you’re right as well. Let me explain those two seemingly opposite statements a little further, and shed some light on why both may be true.


Is Placing First The Only Way To Be A Winner?

If you can accept that not all winners are first place finishers, and that not all first place finishers are winners, you are on the right path. If first place in a lottery draw yields you a prize of ten million dollars and you only make it to second second placeplace, you will be forced to make do by only collecting three million. When you first heard about the second place windfall you may have been ecstatic, but as time wears on you become crestfallen. You realize that you didn’t really win, you didn’t make it to the top prize. Using that kind of thinking, you will pretty much have to either return the woefully inadequate prize. Just before electing to do that, I would recommend that you sign over your entire fortune to me so that I can take care of your shortcomings for you.



What Makes a Winner a Winner?

I used that illustration, tongue in cheek, just to show how ridiculous the concept is that 2nd place is really nothing more than the first loser. To those that feel that the only way you can be a winner is to be in first place, I would say that there is a world full of people who would gladly prove them wrong. Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Tiger Woods, Jeff Gordon and Michael Phelps have all placed second and somehow they survived. They didn’t quit either. And that brings us to the second point about being a quitter and how that isn’t always a bad thing.

If you quit an annoying habit, is that a bad thing?

How about quitting smoking, swearing or drinking and driving? How about quit throwing a hissy fit every time that things don’t go your way, or quit gossiping, quit speeding. There are an awful lot of things that you can quit that will make you a better person for leaving them behind. Ah, but you’re talking about quitting as in quitting a job or quitting in business or just giving up life. I get your point and it’s a valid one. I also would like to point out that not quitting, in and of itself, is likely not going to be enough to ensure success either.

Just because you don’t quit doesn’t mean that you’re engaged or putting forth your best effort.

All it means is you haven’t left the field.

I’m sure you see lots of people still participating, but at such a poor level they are not producing anything of any value. On a scale of 1 to 10 with zero being equal to quitting and 10 meaning you are moving consistently and rapidly towards moving forwardyour goal, not quitting is about a 4.05. It just isn’t good enough. To say you haven’t quit yet is almost the same as saying you just taking up space. Watch your words around that. They can easily become thoughts and then actions.

It is far more powerful to use words that reinforce your commitment to your goal.

To say you have gone through a period of assessment and readjustment indicates that you are now ready to move forward once again.

Place your mindset back on the road of recovery and towards your ultimate goal. There are a lot of other ways to give up besides just giving up. If you are feeling that you are just ‘still in the game’, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your goal and your action plan to get there and make sure that it is still aligned with what you are doing. If not, something has to change.

Become the winner that we all know you are.

Till Next Time

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6 Responses to “A Winner Never Quits and A Quitter Never Wins”

  1. Martin Holsinger Says:

    Nice Post Sigrid.
    I couldn’t “quit” reading it. :)

    I really like the example of the lottery win. It definitely proves a point.
    The only difference I can see is that a lottery winner has no skill or perseverance required. Whereas business venture requires both.

    very good thoughts and writing.

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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    Glad you enjoyed it Martin!
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  2. Dan Norris Says:

    What a delightful and thoughtful way of dealing with the fear of failure!

    Very insightful and moving. I believe that you have addressed the key issues of fear…and how to put them into perspective.

    I really enjoy your informational ICONS at the bottom of your page. Grear layout as well.

    Great work.

    Dan Norris
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    Thank you for the kind words Dan. Glad you enjoyed it!

    The important thing is to not count yourself out. Plenty of winners were not the first to cross the finish line.
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  3. Carol Lamoreaux Says:

    Winning and quitting — they can have such different meanings depending on how you look at each of them. Bottom line is you have to evaluate what you are doing and decide if it is the best plan FOR YOU and decide to go with it if it is.
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    Excellent point Carol. We are all individuals and everyone has to make that choice.

    Only you can decide what is right for you.
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