Movers and Shakers

by rubenharris

A winner takes big risks when he has much to gain.
A loser takes big risks when he has little to gain and much to lose.

A winner focuses.
A loser sprays.

A winner says, “Let’s find out!”
A loser says, “Nobody knows.”

A winner has a healthy appreciation of his abilities, and a keen awareness of his limitations.
A loser is oblivious of both his true abilities, and his true limitations.

When a winner makes a mistake he says, “I was wrong.”
When a loser makes a mistake he says, “It wasn’t my fault.”

A winner plays the people more than the cards.
A loser plays only the cards, and it might as well be solitary.

A winner works harder than a loser, and has more time.
A loser is always too busy to do what is necessary.

A winner takes a big problem and separates it into smaller parts so that it can be more easily manipulated.
A loser takes a lot of little problems and rolls them all together until they are unsolvable.

A winner goes through a problem.
A loser goes around the problem and never gets past it.

A winner makes commitments.
A loser makes promises.

A winner shows he is sorry by making up for it.
A loser says he is sorry but does the same thing the next time.

A winner judges himself by the standard of excellence in his field.
A loser judges himself by the standard of mediocrity in his field.

A winner knows what to fight for and what to compromise on.
A loser compromises on what shouldn’t be compromised, and fights for what isn’t worth while to fight about.

A winner learns from his mistakes.
A loser learns only not to make mistakes by not trying anything differently.

A winner says, “I am good but not as good as I ought to be.”
A loser says, “I am not as bad as a lot of other people.”

A winner tries to never hurt people, and does so only rarely.
A loser never wants to hurt people, but does so all the time.

A winner listens.
A loser just waits until it is his turn to talk.

A winner would rather be respected than liked, although he would prefer both.
A loser would rather be liked than respected, and is willing to pay the price of mild contempt for it.

A winner is sensitive to the atmosphere around him.
A loser is sensitive only to his own feelings.

A winner feels strong enough to be gentle.
A loser is never gentle, he is either weak or a petty tyrant.

A winner respects those that are superior to him, and tries to learn something from them.
A loser resents those who are superior to him, and tries to find chinks in their armor.

A winner explains.
A loser explains away.

A winner feels responsible for more than his job.
A loser says I only work here.

A winner says, “There ought to be a better way to do it.”
A loser says, “That’s the way its always been done.”

A winner looks ahead, but not too far.
A loser looks back, but not far enough.

A winner paces himself.
A loser has only two speeds, hysterical and lethargic.

A winner uses a massing as means of enjoying.
A loser makes a massing an end in itself and therefore no matter how much the loser amasses, he never looks upon himself as a winner and he never is.

A winner knows that the verb ‘to be’ must precede the verb ‘to have.’
A loser thinks that enough of the verb ‘to have’ is what makes the verb ‘to be.’

What we give away we keep, for it is in the giving that we receive. What we keep to ourselves we lose, for in the keeping we cannot reproduce. When we die we take with us only that which we have given away.

via Kurt Michael Daradics