Sports can be a metaphor for much of life. Yesterday, I sat watching the football team that certainly did not look prepared to play. The other team marched down the field on them twice for touchdowns. The third time they kicked a field goal. They were behind 17-0 midway through the first quarter.

Although they fought back and within three points by halftime, their lack of early preparation and determination put them in a whole they could not get out of. They lost a very winnable game.

After the game, players were paraded out in front of reporters and cameras. They all spoke about how this kind of game was unacceptable. They said the right things.

That’s what losers do— they say the right things, but don’t do them when they need to. Remember that the next time you decide to “mail in your effort.”

Winners find the way to win. Losers find a way to lose. One of the ways that winners find a way to win is that they know that losers will always find a way to lose.

Winners win winnable games both in sports and in business. They course correct quickly. They make the point of not losing, even when they should.


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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