inspiring text from “Born to Win”
Each human being is born as something new, something that never existed before . Each is born with the capacity to win at life. Each person has a unique way of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and thinking. Each has his or her own unique potentials – capabilities and limitations. Each can be a significant, thinking, aware and creative being -a productive person, a winner.
A winner is one who responds authentically by being credible, trustworthy, responsive and genuine, both as an individual and as a member of the society. A loser is one who fails to respond authentically.
Winner have different potentials. Achievement is not the most important thing. Authenticity is. The authentic person experience self-reality by knowing, being and becoming a credible, responsive person. Authentic people actualize their own unprecedented uniqueness and appreciate uniqueness of others.
Winners can reveal themselves instead of projecting images that please, provoke or entice others. They are aware of the difference between being loving and acting loving, between being stupid, and acting stupid, between being knowledgeable and acting knowledgeable. Winners do not hide behind a mask. They throw off unrealistic images of inferiority or superiority.
Winners are able to sustain their autonomy over ever increasing period of time. In spite of set backs, winners maintains basic self-confidence.
Winners are not afraid to do their own thinking and to use their knowledge. They listen to others, evaluate what they say, but come their own conclusion. Winners do not play “ helpless” nor do they play the blaming game. Instead, they assume responsibility for their own lives. Winners are their own bosses and know it.
A winner’s time is right. Winners respond appropriately to the situation. Winners know that for everything there is a season and every activity a time.
To Winners, time is precious. Winners don’t kill it, but live it here and now. Winners know their past, are aware and alive in the present and look forward to the future.
Winners know their feelings and limitations and to be unafraid of them. Winners are not stopped by their own contradictions and ambivalence. Being authentic, they know when they are angry and can listen when others are angry with them. Winners can give and receive affection. Winners are able to love and be loved.
Winners can be spontaneous. Winners have the zest for life, enjoying the work, play, food , other people, and the world of nature. Without guilt they enjoy their own accomplishments.
Winners are not afraid to go after what they want , but they do so in appropriate ways.
Winner is not isolated from the general problems of the society, but is concerned, compassionate and committed to improving the quality of life. Even in the face of national and international adversity, a winner’s self image is not one of a powerless individual. A winner works to make the world a better place .
Source : elaborated by V. Gunasekaran from “Born to win” by Muriel James, and Dorothy Jongeward.