Winners vs. Losers

I have this poem hanging on my wall in my office. It was written by Pat Williams, a former NBA General Manager.

Winners vs. Losers

When a winner makes a mistake, he says, “I was wrong;”

When a loser makes a mistake, he says, “It wasn’t

my fault.”

A winner works harder than a loser and has more time;

A loser is always “too busy” to do what is necessary.

A winner goes through a problem;

A loser goes around it, and never gets past it.

A winner makes commitments;

A loser makes promises.

A winner says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be;”

A loser says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.”

A winner listens;

A loser just waits until it is his turn to talk.

A winner respects those who are superior to him

and tries to learn something from them;

A loser resents those who are superior to him

and tries to find chinks in their armor.

A winner feels responsible for more than his job;

A loser says, “I only work here.”