Winning, is not everything.
Unless, it is everything.
Winston Churchill was one of the great thinkers, writers, and communicators in history. During the dark days of World War II, it was his voice that gave hope to the British people as the Nazi’s bore down on Great Britain. As Prime Minister he understood that the free people of the world, including his fellow Britons faced an existential threat.
Hitler was coming.
Churchill’s reaction to the eminent threat is revealed in his now famous speech given in the House of Commons in 1940.
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat…
We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”
Victory at all costs. This is when winning is everything.
Winning in business has zero comparisons to winning at war.
Still yet, get after it today. Get after it tomorrow. If the next day you stumble, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, pick yourself up, dust off the dirt, and get after it the day after.
Winning is not everything–but, pursuing it? Now, that’s another question.