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Mindset of the winner and the loser

   There are winners in this world; and there are losers.  That is 
   a fact.  What makes a winner?  What makes a loser?  The 
   difference lies in attitudes, outlooks, mindsets.  Usually,  
   sooner or later, you will hear the loser blaming his failures 
   on other people or external circumstances.  The mindset that 
   blames other people or outside circumstances for its failures 
   is a mindset programmed to lose.  Why?  Because it is a 
   fatalistic mindset, a mindset that views its fate as beyond its 
   control, at the mercy of others or outside circumstances.  It 
   is a mindset that has given up on its own powers and abilities.  
   Winning requires hard work, perseverance and belief in oneself.  
   It requires character.  The winner won't admit defeat.  There 
   is some self-pride involved.  And some courage involved.  He 
   knows that he cannot admit defeat, that not giving up, not 
   quitting, is a very important moral issue.  That it is 
   essential, for his own sake, that he not do it.  So he 
   stubbornly persists.  He believes that all things will yield to 
   his will with sufficient effort and persistence.  The mindset 
   of the winner is to take responsibility for his actions, to 
   blame himself and only himself for his failures, to believe 
   that his destiny lies entirely within himself, rejecting any 
   thought that his destiny is at the mercy of others or outside 
   circumstances.  And it is this mindset that is one that is 
   programmed to win. 

   He who is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything 


   A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he 
   begins to blame somebody else. 

   God gives every bird its food, but he does not throw it into 
   the nest. 
                                                   J. G. Holland

   Self-distrust is the cause of most of our failures.  In the 
   assurance of strength there is strength;  and they are the 
   weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or 
   their powers. 

   Doubt whom you will, but never doubt yourself.

   The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear 
   to do and get a record of successful experiences behind you. 

                                                     Dale Carnegie

   July 1999

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