What is Your Definition of Winning?

In sailboat racing you get the same points for winning by a mile as you do for winning by a boat length. But the real competition is against one’s self, not against the other boats. Determining whether you can you do better, not just beat the other boat.

So the real prize is not the points earned, but the level of satisfaction you feel for the effort you put forth. That and the friendships you make with the people you sail against.

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”

John Ruskin (1819 – 1900)
English author, and social and art critic

One goal of any successful racing program is to win races. It is also an equally important goal to improve each crewmember’s skill every time the team practices or races.

In business, your definition of a win may be the amount of profits you generate and so the greater the profits, the greater the win. But if you judge your real prize by other standards, you too may find greater satisfaction.

Bob Roitblat
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Bob Roitblat is a Leadership Capabilities Expert and TEDx speaker. He helps organizations ignite creativity, overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Bob is also the president of Mainsail Consulting Group, a business-advisory firm. Also connect with Bob on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.

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