What is the cost of winning?
I tried something new today in the car. Instead of tweeting/texting/emailing, I thought about the things I’ve lost in pursuit of my life goal. Maybe you can relate?
It’s actually quite startling:
- I was once the ultimate romantic, using my creativity to surprise my wife with special tokens of my love. Now I’m an average husband and I sell my creativity to others.
- When I was a kid, I rode my bike for miles to buy my mom a birthday present. In September, I forgot her birthday.
- I have seven younger siblings. I hardly know them anymore.
- Old friends hear from me once a year, when Facebook tells me it’s their birthday.
- Years ago I was in peak physical shape. Now I’m overweight and out of breath after playing with my kids.
Even though I have experienced the joy of victory, I lost much to get there.
What have you lost?
Despite all the talk about pushing ourselves, delegating, working harder, smarter, or longer, there remains a limit to what one can do each day.
Successful leaders must make choices. Real choices will always lead to loss. Such is the nature of scarcity.
Focus on business? Lose relationships.
Win a war? Lose lives.
Get fame? Lose privacy.
Sometimes you must lose to win. It’s your choice.
Losers won’t choose. Winners are losers. Choosing means losing. Isn’t life complicated?
How do we win?
We win when we’re aware of what we’re losing, but our goals still matter more. We win when we sleep soundly at night.
Chase worthy goals tonight,
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