Lie no.3: Winning is better
No-one’s saying winning is wrong – of course it’s not. But is winning collecting trophies, or finishing top of the class – or is it reaching your own potential?
Harel Levy was the former no.1 Israeli professional tennis player. With his career on the rise and his international ranking climbing, he suffered a potentially career-ending injury which sidelined him for nearly 18 months – and almost left him unable to play again. Through extraordinary determination, discipline and painful rehabilitation, he did play again. Not only did he return to form, but his game – especially his strength and agility – increased dramatically from his efforts. Two years after he’d been told he might never play again, he beat Pete Sampras (then ranked no.1 in the world).
Was he a winner?
Of course, history is filled with stories of people who have suffered great setbacks, disappointments and defeats, and only then were able to achieve the success, happiness and fulfillment they’d sought all along. In fact, these stories tell us that it is imperative to experience defeats and setbacks. How else can you know what success looks like?
Lie no. 4: Easier is better