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Play to Win

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Jan 06, 2012

Everyone who knows me, clearly understands my deep commitment to the philosophy in my favorite book, “Play to Win” by Larry Wilson. The premise of this book is to live your work and personal life, “playing to win,” versus “playing not to lose.” If you’re a football fan, you know the worst defense is the “prevent” defense. You know, you’ve seen it many times, the team in the lead in the fourth quarter has played the entire game playing to win and in the last two minutes runs a “prevent” defense trying not to lose.  Guess what?  They are typically doomed and end up preventing nothing!  They lose.  Why?  Because they stopped playing to win and played not to lose.  How awful do you think they felt after a loss like that?

If sports aren’t your cup of tea, think of it in this perspective. A person who has live their entire life and is now lying on their death bed thinking to themselves, “Thank goodness I survived to my death.” Wait… does that statement make sense to you? Is life only about surviving? I don’t think so and I hope you don’t either.


I hear it once in a while in the airport waiting for my connecting flight or on the elevator heading to meet a client…“If I can just get to Friday,” or “Thank goodness I survived today and it’s over.” How depressing! Change your thinking about life this way, “Did you go as far as you can go with all that you’ve got in your personal and professional life today?” Why do I view each day this way?  Because I know that today, (fill in the date), will never come again for as long as I live and I want to be able to say I consumed it all with the best I can bring.  How about you?

I think we would all agree that we would much rather work and live around folks who “play to win” versus those who “play not to lose.”  Are there any other mottos you plan to live by in 2012? Email them to me at Bill@ges.com or post them on our Facebook and I’ll have a copy of “Play to Win!” sent to you.

Thanks for Always Playing to Win and all the best for a great 2012!

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By: Bill Doolittle

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