Written by: Nevin
What is your definition of being a winner?
Likely different than mine — especially when interpretations can stretch far beyond the literal act of winning something.
“In other words, just because you’ve won something, doesn’t mean you’re a winner. It just means you’ve won. There is still work left to be done.” - Ryan Holiday, writer for Thought Catalog, from one of his recent posts: A Winner Does… (Inspiration for this article and format)
With that being said, the following are items I associate with being a winner, influenced by experience and/or those I have respected as winners.
You may have some of your own to share after reading through this list.
*A winner is happy, but never satisfied
*A winner finds positives in negatives, habitually
*A winner can articulate their thoughts
*A winner does not demand, they earn
*A winner knows it is always too soon to quit
*A winner is a lover and a fighter (not the street brawler variety, they fight for what they believe in)
*A winner manages their time well (you can tell a lot about people by what they do in their spare time)
*A winner likes to win; they also learn to lose, because more than winning, it helps them become a champion
*A winner knows that attention to details matter
*A winner learns to control their emotions
*A winner looks for someone to stay young with, rather than someone to grow old with
*A winner gets back up when knocked down, they DO NOT STOP, almost with a superhuman nature
*A winner knows how to stay motivated
*A winner knows that quantity and quality are not mutually exclusive
*A winner does not think about minimizing risk, they think about solving the problem
*A winner has a routine
*A winner does not stop learning, in fact they continue to make time to learn so they can continue to make informed decisions
*A winner sets reminders
*A winner sets the standard
*A winner faces adversity with a stoic calmness, and are seemingly impossible to rattle
*A winner creates opportunities, rather than waiting for them
*A winner is constantly leaving their comfort zone, testing themselves
*A winner dares to fail (they understand there are no failures, only opportunities to learn)
*A winner knows what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
*A winner facilitates and cares about other’s success, often over their own
*A winner is comfortable in their own skin
*A winner is A RHINO AND A GO GIVER
*A winner stays humble and stays hungry
*A winner understands that as a leader, their job is to take care of others. Today. Tomorrow. Forever.
*A winner reads… a lot.
*A winner burdens their own problems to themselves, and listens to the problems of others
*A winner finds ways to stay positive, they have a relentless “glass half-full” attitude
*A winner always takes responsibility, sometimes when it is not theirs to take
*A winner knows that hard work beats out talent
*A winner was not born a winner, but self-made
That’s right, being a winner is not this elusive or esoteric status you had to be born into. Anyone can push themselves to become a winner, to make a difference.
If you’re asking yourself right now, “Why not me?” - you’re on the right track.
[DO THIS] What are some of your interpretations of a winner? Please share in the comments below!
A huge thank you to Ryan Holiday who inspired the format of this article, and Edward Bruce who influenced Ryan’s article.