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Do you have the habits of a winner or a loser?

The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better Barbara Pletcher

A friend shared this poem “Winners versus Losers” with me and I shared it with the readers of my Newsletter a year or so ago. I did some research on Google to find the name of the author but Google came back “author unknown.”

The poem stimulated my thinking and it was a great reminder of some things I already know: be responsible, do not make excuses, be a team player and so much more. I wanted to share this poem with you – let me know what you think.

For your inspiration!


The Winner is always part of the answer;
the Loser is always part of the problem.

The Winner always has a program;
the Loser always has an excuse.

The Winner says, “Let me do it for you”;
the Loser says, “That’s not my job.”

The Winner sees an answer for every problem;
the Loser sees a problem for every answer.

The Winner says, “It may be difficult but it is possible”; the
Loser says, “It may be possible but it is too difficult.”

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 makes commitments;
a Loser makes promises.

Winners have dreams;
losers have schemes.

Winners say, “I must do something”;
losers say, “Something must be done.”

Winners are a part of the team;
losers are apart from the team.

Winners see the gain;
losers see pain.

Winners see possibilities;
losers see problems.

Winners believe in win/win;
losers believe for them to win someone has to lose.

Winners see the potential;
losers see the past.

Winners are like a thermostat;
losers are like thermometers.

Winners choose what they say;
losers say what they choose.

Winners use hard arguments, but soft words;
losers use soft arguments, but hard words;

Winners stand firm on values but compromise on petty things;
losers stand firm on petty things but compromise on values.

Winners follow the philosophy of empathy:
“Don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you”;
losers follow the philosophy,
“Do it to others before they do it to you.”

Winners make it happen;
losers let it happen.

Your Turn

Have you read this poem before? Which snippet is your favorite?

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