Which side are you on?
I'm guessing that a large percentage of us consider ourselves to be winners. But... are we? I ran across a piece a few years ago that pretty well spells out whether or not we are winners. I don't know who authored the writing, so I can't give credit here. Besides, I altered it to suit me.
Following is a guide to who is a real winner and who is a loser.
• A winner says, "Let's find out." A loser says, "Nobody knows."
• When a winner makes a mistake, he or she says, "I was wrong." When a loser makes a mistake, he or she says, "It wasn't my fault."
• A winner isn't nearly as afraid of losing as a loser is secretly afraid of winning.
• A winner works harder than a loser and has time to spare. A loser is always "too busy" to do what is necessary.
• A winner thinks through a problem. A loser goes around it and never gets past it.
• A winner says, "I'm good but not as good as I ought to be." A loser says, "I'm not as bad as a lot of other people."
• A winner listens. A loser just waits until it's his or her turn to talk.
• Winners respect those who are superior to them and try to learn something from them. Losers resent those who are superior to them and try to find fault with them.
• A winner explains. A loser explains away.
• A winner feels responsible for more than his or her job. A loser says, "That's the way it has always been around here."
• Winners pace themselves. Losers only have two speeds... lethargic and hysterical.