Messages like this feed our mediocrity

mixed messages
Losers should be strengthening their resolve, not their sweet tooth


If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

Next Blog


By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    I think a lot of it has to do with the realtive immediacy of things and the ease by which things we shouldn’t want come to us. From a personal perspective, that’s when temptation waves in our faces.

    For example, you are right about losing – it should strengthen our resolve. But that means putting forth effort to be ready the next time whatever you are doing comes around. For the Braves (just as a quick example on my mind), who just lost in the playoffs, that makes for a long winter until spring training opens up again in February in Orlando. So you can either be prepared for the next time, or you can show up to your proverbial spring training overweight and out of shape, having drowned your sorrows of losing in what easier but not better.


  2. Bob, underneath it all is the paradox of competition. We think it’s against someone else, when in fact it is really about competing with ourselves – to become the best us we can become.

    When we are at our best, winning or losing against another do not matter. Even in professional sports, fans (generally) cheer for those giving their all, win or lose.

Comments are closed.