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Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.
-- Demosthenes
 

 

Monday, October 25, 2004

Victory and defeat

You are more than your defeats, and you are more than your achievements. It pays to keep that in mind when pursuing victory and when dealing with defeat.

It is great to win, to achieve, and to excel. And of course, it hurts to lose.

Yet when you abandon your most treasured values in order to win, the prize will be empty. When you discard your very integrity in order to achieve, the achievement will have no real value.

For the value of achievement is not in the achievement itself. The real value of achievement is the way in which it expresses who you are.

Focus on winning, to be sure. Yet be careful not to defeat yourself just so you can claim victory.

Each achievement you pursue is an opportunity to bring out the best that is within you. Do that, and whether you win or lose the battle of the moment, you’ll have something of real and lasting value.

— Ralph Marston

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