8 things I learned about winners

by Bistra Kumbaroska on 24th August, 2012 at 2:40 PM CEST

Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project,  thinks our culture today has an unhealthy obsession with winning. Our bookshelves are lined with habits that successful people or winners do on a daily basis. I have personally read several books and articles, and implementing the practices improved my productivity as a result. But that’s not what this article is about. Recently, i read an article on what successful people did before they became successful. Moreover, I read several other articles on why winners keep winning, apart from skills. In this article, I will try to share with you a summary of 8 things I found exquisitely interesting about winners.

1. Winners have no excuses.

We all have two voices. There’s the voice that tells us to work hard, to focus on the task at hand and to finish it before we move on to the next. And to finish it well. We also have the voice that tells us to take a break, to think about what’s on TV, or to visit a site that we like to visit that entertains us. Nelson Mandela could have used his unjust imprisonment as an excuse to give into his anger. Instead, he used it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and eventually free others. Listen to your excuses. Understand why you have them. Then figure out how you can use them for good.

2. Winners are usually in good mood. 

Clearly everyone feels good about winning, while emotions sag at failure. Emotions affect performance. Positive moods produce physical energy and the resilience to persist after setbacks. While losers use any excuse to stop, winners sometimes play on even while injured, lifted by a kind of winners' high. 

3. Winners never stop learning. 

Losers get defensive and don't want to hear about their many failings, so they avoid feedback. Winners are more likely to voluntarily discuss mistakes and accept negative feedback, because they are comfortable that they can win. Because they are confident about the possibility of winning, they see practicing as a route to a positive outcome, not as a punishment. 

4. Early mornings and late nights.

People who have achieved true success in their lives have worked for it. This might come at the detriment of other areas of their lives, such as family or social life. But their mission is first and foremost. Until it’s complete, everything else comes second. There’s literally no substitute for hard work. If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs. Easy as that.

5. Winners have freedom to focus.

As every golfer and tennis player knows, you must keep your eye on the ball. Losers often punish themselves in their heads. Winners have fewer distractions. Golf pro Tiger Woods won nearly every championship until hit with personal problems of his own making, which was followed by loses on the golf course. It’s all in our heads.

6. Wavering, yet unbreakable faith. 

We all have moments of doubt. Even the best of us question if our dream is going to come true. The one thing that separates the truly successful from those who never reach their true potential is an unbreakable faith in the fact that what they’re doing is right. Even if they have moments of doubt, they’re soon quelled, where other’s listen to that doubt and let it eat them up and finally they quit. Have your moments of doubt. You’re human. Just don’t let that doubt eat you up. Instead let it motivate you to prove your optimism right.

7. Solid support system. 

Behind every winner is a team of coaches, friends, and fans that fuel motivation. Winning enlarges the circle of backers. Losing erodes support. Enlarge your circles and connect. Listen to others and learn from them. Create teams, partnerships and relations that lasts. Support requires understanding and loyalty. Apply them in all your relations.

8. Winners have invitations to the best parties. 

Really. Winners get invited to the White House, Buckingham Palace, key conferences or exhibitions. They gain access to networks and relationships that confer benefits that maintain winners' momentum, such as early information or better deals.

Why did I choose 8 and not 10 or 20 things? Simply because I wish to complete the list together with you! :) 

Share your opinions on this topic and let’s fully understand the concept of winners together! Why? Because we, as young creative minds, are the winners of tomorrow. 


P.S. Still hungry for more key learnings about winners and what makes them successful? Check out the 3 min Richard St. John's 8 secrets of success.

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Faisal  imtiaz

Faisal imtiaz

& winners are also invited to CF summits :D , Great sharing , it gives me a spark to follow the winner's attitude :)

24th August, 2012 @ 5:22 PM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

Hi Bistra! Thanks for sharing these powerful winner's nuggets. I enjoyed reading this piece.

24th August, 2012 @ 5:26 PM CEST

Vesna Đukanović

Vesna Đukanović

Agree :) My personal experience 1. Winners have no excuses;2. Winners are usually in good mood;3. Winners never stop learning;4. Early mornings and late nights. :))))))))))))

24th August, 2012 @ 6:13 PM CEST



Nice and also winners do not know the meaning of "quitting."

24th August, 2012 @ 11:00 PM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

Faisal, you definitely have a point there! :) I am glad to read your comments, guys! And please also check the article i linked in the beginning paragraph. It's something that challenges the way we understand winning in life! :) Thanks for the support.

27th August, 2012 @ 10:17 AM CEST

Syed Mehmood Kazmi

Syed Mehmood Kazmi | Action team

Its really awesome! Who want to lose, no one i think, But learning from failure makes you a winner indeed. Very nice article @Bistra :)
Keep going!

27th August, 2012 @ 8:15 PM CEST

Udoka Chiefe

Udoka Chiefe | Action team

Great piece! I enjoyed it immensely and I loved Richard St. John's video. Like him, you just summed what makes a winner without too much fuss. Sort of reminds me of James Altucher's blog on 5 Great Things About Procrastination http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2 012/04/5-great-things-about-pr ocrastination/

I enjoyed your article so much


28th August, 2012 @ 2:25 AM CEST

ejaz ud din

ejaz ud din | Action team

nice.....great...no one could deny these facts .....nice work Bistra

28th August, 2012 @ 8:20 AM CEST

Andrijana Tasevska

Andrijana Tasevska

So proud of you my dear Bistra! This world will be better place to live if we have more people in it like you.


30th August, 2012 @ 10:42 AM CEST

Bistra Kumbaroska

Bistra Kumbaroska

Compliments are always welcomed. But don't flatter me too much :) We are all here to create the better world. And it's not only me. It's >24.000 of us! :)

5th September, 2012 @ 8:53 AM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

I loved this . . too muchhhhh fantabulastic .. . :)

More from my side... WINNERS = FOOLS .. thanks to ranjan malik i understood this termiinology and realised wer i stand

1) - Fools are impractical dreamer : they dream those things which others cant think to do or dreams

2) Fools lost on NOW: They dont care about yesterday & tomorrow (they love being with them self, love dancing)

3) Fools dont care about permission or directions (Self entitled, self licences)

4) Fools leaps before they thinks (people who thinks too much are losers) .. they are low leap threshold - they will jump even they konw only 20% surely of success... :)

5) Fools asks naive & strange questiins (They are too busy asking basic questions, which some cant understand in 1st strike) -- they are deep enquiry,, they have different way of thinking .. they minded thinking on that way.

6) fools are generative . . . they are value generator ... they wil think less on wheter its gonna work or not -- they will not waste on it.. they will focus on make it work ... . they find good in good and good in bad too...

7) fools are infectious in positive way ... their positivity and belief r infectious.. n ppl start joining them . .

8) fools are hopelessly optimistic

5th September, 2012 @ 11:42 AM CEST

Mariam Vadria

Mariam Vadria | Action team

Bistra! Excellent piece of writing! Quite original and inspiring, thank you so much :)
I second Kedei, winners (or fools, as Jatin accurately phrases them:D) are definite non-quitters. They are quite persistent, and regardless of how many doors they see closed and pathways they see being shut, they face the criticism and in their heart are constantly thinking of ways of what to do next!

I think true fools are also very compassionate. They are moved to put in so much efforts not just by mere love of wealth or fame. They feel something deeper and that drives them!

So how many of us feel like we are winners? I don't for one, i think i am not as dreamy, optimistic and actionable as i was a few years ago! I've become practical and too much of a thinker (perhaps)! What about you guys?

7th September, 2012 @ 5:56 AM CEST

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