Posted by: David D. Daggett | August 31, 2009



       How important is winning? Of course, in athletics, and our business pursuits we strive to do well or to win. However, sometimes perhaps we put too much importance on “winning.”

       Interestingly, winning does not necessarily equate with success. Conversely, success can be obtained without having a win. Many of us, myself certainly included, can place high importance on actual wins. In reality, it is the work, commitment, and striving for excellence that is ultimately more important than a “win.”

A few of us around the office last week were discussing winning and its importance. Certainly, at Daggett Shuler we value winning just like any other business. The conversation regarding winning made me think a little deeper about the topic.

Once again, an athletic metaphor taught me a lesson. I remember very clearly, now a number of years ago, when I spent several years feverishly pursuing qualifying for the Hawaii Ironman. This is the world championship of triathlons, the Super Bowl, and I wanted to win a chance to compete there. Finally, after several seasons and many attempts I finally won a qualifying slot. Interestingly though, other than getting to compete in the race that win really did not change much in my life.

Fast forward a few months and at my first Hawaii Ironman that I trained so diligently for, I had a difficult time and it is still my slowest of my now 18 Ironman completions. Again, interestingly, that day of under performance likewise did not have a significant change on my life as a whole, although for a short period of time I put great significance on the less than stellar result.

The lesson in these examples that was instructive for me is that although we want to pursue betterment and excellence, ultimately winning or losing may not be as significant as we make it in our own minds. Those who truly care about and for us, who love us, who support us through thick and thin, really do not care whether we win or lose for the sake of victory itself. Rather, they are simply happy for us when they see us happy, and are compassionate for us when we feel down. However, the fact of winning or losing doesn’t make them like us, or care for us, or love us more or less either way. They only care because we care, and they care for us.

So, we need to remember that while we always want to pursue our best, that ultimately winning does not necessarily equate with success. Next week will talk further about success. In the meantime, let’s not over emphasize winning.

Chasing the next win,




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  2. […] Success is an intangible objective that is very hard to quantify. As we discussed last week, winning does not necessarily equal success, and we can be successful without actually winning. […]

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