“Winning is what it’s all about.” That’s the word from legendary football coach Don Shula. Winning is why you’re in the business, he says: “You want to win it all.” And if you don’t, you want it more the next time.
— Adapted from “SI Now,” interview with Michael Vandermark, Sports Illustrated.
Take defeat graciously. At the 1955 U.S. Open, Jack Fleck—with his smooth swing, long stride and short temper—beat the great Ben Hogan by three strokes in a playoff. Golfers wallowed for years in the illusion that Fleck was undeserving, but Hogan never did. In a famous photo, smiling broadly, Hogan fanned Fleck’s hot putter with his cap.
— Adapted from “Upset of Hogan Finally Passes Test of Time,” Karen Crouse, The New York Times.
Don’t toil too much. It’s easy to overreach. In the first century, Roman wise guy Seneca the Younger said: “It is inevitable that life will be not only very short but very miserable for those who acquire by great toil what they must keep by greater toil.”
— Adapted from “A delicate balance,” Jennifer Wang, Entrepreneur.