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To win some or learn some

July 11, 2011 — by Daryll Scott1

I was just listening to ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz.

I love the attitude in the line: “Nothing’s gonna stop me but divine intervention, I reckon it’s again my turn to win some or learn some.”

What a great one-line reframe on win/lose thinking; “Win some or learn some.”

But wait a minute; does that mean that when we win we don’t learn anything? Watch out winners, this may be true. When we are at the top we may stop learning; we can easily become complacent: Whilst everyone else is learning the winners are static and the tortoise overtakes the hare. Worse still, we can cling to our successes and become fearful of failure – we become risk adverse, we do the same thing over and over again, which is a really good way of making sure you do fail.

One comment

  • Malc

    July 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

    There is a quote from someone or other of note, along the lines of “success teaches us nothing”. The implication being that we learn from failures and adjust our approach, whereas if we win (fluke or not) we will do the same thing the next time. Which is probably broadly correct as an aphorism and would give symptoms as you describe above.

    I’d qualify this slightly – people can learn from the struggles on the path to success, even when (Kipling’s impostor) Triumph is the eventual outcome. It’s very rare that a win is achieved with no struggle whatsoever.

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