In the game of life and business, you could easily assume that most people play the game to win. Why play at all if it isn’t to win? After all, that is the purpose of the game, isn’t it?
Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t play to win — they play not to lose. You may have heard people say, “I hate to lose.”
When playing to win, you understand and accept that losing is sometimes part of the game. However, you do whatever it takes (legally, ethically and morally) to win.
When playing not to lose, you feel that you must not lose — no matter what. You play conservatively and avoid risk because your desire not to lose is greater than your desire to win.
And here is the rub… other players will exploit your unwillingness to lose — which will have you losing!